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Jet Ski Safety

Oldham & Smith Oct. 15, 2015

Riding a jet ski can be one of the most exciting things you can do when you go out on the water. But the truth of the matter is, many people don’t think about their personal safety when they hop on one. This is exemplified in Sean Kingston. The pop star was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital after he crashed his personal jet ski into a bridge. If you are not careful when riding a jet ski you can cause yourself or others severe injuries or maybe even death.

Unfortunately jet skis are not always used for a cruise along the shoreline. Many people turn into thrill seekers and risk takers when they hop onto them. They drive them as fast as they will go, bouncing up and down the waves, and risk the same sort of injuries that Sean Kingston suffered. If you are going to ride a jet ski it is in your best interest to be made aware of some common sense safety tips.

Safety Tips for Riding Jet Skis

  • Always wear a life jacket

    This is the safety belt of the water. They will protect you from drowning regardless of how great a swimmer you are. If you were to be knocked unconscious the life jacket would cause to float, and keep you from sinking to the bottom of the water.

  • Use the vehicles safety precautions

    For some jet skis, this means a lanyard is place around your wrist, and attaches you to the handlebars of the watercraft. This lanyard is often referred to as a kill cord. This kill cord is attached to a kill switch that will deactivate the Jet Ski if you were to go overboard. This makes it so the watercraft only operates when you are in control and will not allow it to hurt someone else.

  • Don’t drink and jet

    This should be obvious, but it’s not always the case. The possibility of injury increases if you operate a watercraft while you are under the influence of alcohol.

If you were injured in a jet ski accident, have any further questions, or are in need of legal advice or representation please contact Oldham and Smith, by calling (Toll Free) or contact us online for a free consultation today.