Many people love using boats and other watercraft for recreational reasons. However, it's important to remember that these kinds of activities do carry risks and people should always strive to behave cautiously and put safety first.
When vacationing in Florida recently, a tourist died in an accident involving a jet ski, a type of personal watercraft. According to news reports, he collided head-on with a boat. Witnesses say that both he and the boat operator had attempted to swerve before the collision, but failed to do so in time.
According to a 2012 report from the United States Coast Guard, 19% of reported boating accidents involve personal watercraft. With jet skis and similar watercraft, people can go across the water at relatively high speed. Especially when people are feeling relaxed and in vacation mode, they might not give proper consideration to safety and instead operate their watercraft with carelessness or even recklessness.
Unsafe behaviors include operating your watercraft too close to other vehicles and to obstacles on the water. Personal watercraft operators may also go at an excessive speed. They could be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. They may also encounter steering problems and lose control of the vehicle.
A number of these unsafe behaviors are against the law. However, beyond what's written in the law, it's also important to exercise good judgment and be cautious. Wear a life jacket. Pay attention to your surroundings. Take a safety course on how to operate these kinds of watercraft (a general water safety course is also important).
Taking these preventative steps will reduce the chances of an accident. However, if you do get into an accident, don't hesitate to contact an experienced Stuart, FL personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer will carefully review what happened and advocate for you to receive the compensation you need to take care of yourself in the aftermath.