Tragic Florida Jet Ski Crash Claims Lives of Tourists

by Carmen Dellutri on November 14, 2013

jetskisJet skis continue to pose dangers for those on Florida’s waterways. Most recently, a Pennsylvania couple lost their lives when they crashed into a sightseeing cruise in Clearwater, Florida.

According to media reports, the victims may have been racing with another jet ski shortly before the accident. The captain saw the watercrafts approaching and cut the engine, but he could not avoid the collision.

As this latest jet ski crash highlights, speed and inexperience can be a dangerous combination. While jet skis can approach speeds of 70 miles per hour, they are not easy to maneuver. In 2011 alone, seven people were killed in accidents involving personal watercrafts.

As Naples personal injury attorneys, we urge you to keep the following tips in mind the next time you hop on a jet ski.

  • Keep the ignition safety switch lanyard on your wrist or hooked to your life jacket. This cuts power to the engine if you fall off.
  • Be sure you meet your state’s minimum operating age and education requirements.
  • Follow basic boating rules and practice proper boating etiquette.
  • Before leaving, check the PWC to be sure it’s in working order and that you have the necessary equipment on board.
  • Avoid dangerous maneuvers like using another watercraft’s wake as a ramp.
  • When pulling a person, your PWC should be able to seat you, a spotter and the person being towed.
  • Keep your feet inside the PWC, and maintain a firm grip on the handlebars or the strap on a 3-seat jet ski.
  • Ride defensively. Scan for boats and objects in your path, and drive at responsible speeds. Remember, most PWCs don’t have a braking system, and you’ll lose steering capability when the power is off.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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