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Serious Water Accidents due to Reckless Operation of Water Vessels

After a 14-year-old Thai boy, who was declared world jet ski championship in 2015, fell into the water while training in a lake in Muang district in Thailand, another jet ski that was operated by a 9-year-old boy hit him on the head, causing in him a deep cut to the left side of his face. This head injury killed the jet ski champion: he was pronounced dead in the hospital where he was rushed.

Three years earlier (here in the U.S.), sometime in August or September of 2012, a fatal brain injury took the life of a 16-year old female after a vacationing 20-year old Australian male tourist rammed into the former’s jet ski.

Thousands of dreadful jet ski accidents occur in the U.S. every year. Records from the United States Coast Guard say that at least four thousand jet ski accidents occur each year. These accidents result to about 600 deaths and more than 2,600 injuries.

A jet ski has the power of a real boat, despite its small size, and can now run up to 70 miles per hour. Designed to run at high speeds with its drivers and passengers not wearing any form of protection, no wonder they are vulnerable to many different kinds of serious and life-threatening injuries.

States vary with regard to rules and requirements for operating a jet ski. The most basic ones say though, that one needs to: prove that he or she is at least 16 years old (some states have 12 for base age limit); hear a safety lesson, which takes only some minutes; and pay $95 per hour rent fee.

The law firm Ritter & Associates says that accidents on the open water can cause not only significant damage to your vessel, but these can also cause devastating and possibly life-altering injuries, even death, simply because someone has acted in a negligent or reckless manner. The laws governing accidents that take place on water, however, are different from the laws that govern accidents occurring on roads and highways, making seeking compensation more difficult as a result. Accidents involving jet skis or other types of recreational boats, therefore, can be better handled by legal professionals whose expertise include maritime law. It will definitely be in the best interest of a victim if he/she would consult with a maritime lawyer immediately after an accident occurs.