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RI Boating Accident “The Dangers of Jet Skis” | Jet Ski Accidents in Rhode Island

(This is an excellent Personal Injury Law Article by David S. Caldwell concerning  Jet Ski Accidents. This article is approved by Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney David Slepkow. Please contact David Slepkow at 401-437-1100 concerning you RI Accident Case)

Jet Skis are small recreational machines that serve as personal watercraft, or PWC. While jet skis are easy for people to own and operate, they are also very dangerous. Studies have found that PWC cause far more injuries than boats and other watercraft, and accidents involving these motor vehicles are often devastating.

There are several characteristics of jet skis that make them much more hazardous than regular boast, much like a motorcycle is more dangerous than a regular car. Factors that contribute to jet ski accidents include:

· Maneuverability – able to make quick, tight turns
· High speed – some can go over 65 miles per hour
· Shallow draft – able to run close to shore

Additionally, because PWC are cheaper are more accessible than full-size boats, they are available to more people for use. Thus, inexperienced drivers can operate these watercraft, which places them and nearby boaters in danger. In fact, an estimated 95% of PWC accidents are the result of driver errors.

While jet skis can be fun and safe, the maneuverability and speed of these PWC allow drivers to participate in a number of dangerous activities, including:

· Cutting across other boats’ paths to jump wakes
· Turning doughnuts
· Cutting between other watercraft
· Driving fast in shallow waters

These actions can cause a jet ski to crash into another boat, run onto shore, or dump its driver. The injuries that occur with these crafts are actually consistent with motorcycle injuries, and they account for the largest percentages of abdominal, chest, and closed-head injuries out of all watercraft.

There are fun, safe ways that you can enjoy a jet ski as long as you remember that you are subject to the same rules as regular motorboats. Make sure you know the rules of the body of water as well as how to properly operate your vehicle before you go out on your jet ski. Also, stay at least 100 feet from other watercraft, and do not cut between boats, trying to jump wakes. Take care while operating your PWC, and you can help prevent injuries to yourself as well as other people enjoying the water.

Sadly, things like drinking while boating, reckless driving, and watercraft defects can all interfere with your day to enjoy the outdoors. If you have been hurt while boating, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help with your pain and suffering.

Article Authored by:  David S Caldwell Platinum Quality Author

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