Dangers of Jet Skis

Whether you are riding on a Jet Ski on Lake LBJ or down in South Padre, Galveston, Port Aransas or Rockport or any of other the hundreds of Texas Lakes, Bays or Waterways, please use caution. And while Jet Skis can be a fun and thrilling way to enjoy the weekend, they can present dangers.

A Jet Ski or other Water Craft in the hands of an inexperienced operator can present significant dangers with catastrophic results.

A Jet Ski accident occur for a number of reasons and while you can’t prevent all accidents the more you know the better.

First, if you are a passenger on a jet ski, the driver of the personal watercraft (PWC) may drive erratically, take dangerous risks, drive at high speeds or attempt to spray or splash another boat or swimmers.

Very often, passengers on a Jet Ski can be thrown from the Jet Ski and injured. Another boat operator or Jet Ski driver you are sharing the waterways with may be careless and cause a Jet Ski accident. In some cases, the design of the Jet Ski itself may create problems or cause malfunctions that lead to injury.

If you or a loved one is ever involved in a Jet Ski accident caused by another, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney to find out what legal relief you may be entitled to receive.

Jet Skis AKA Personal Water Crafts (also called “wet bikes” and “wave runners”) have become very popular.

Roughly 11 percent of all registered boats in the U.S. are personal watercrafts.  

As more people ride jet skis, the risk of accidents increases.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, PWCs were involved in 19 percent of the 4,588 reported boating accidents in 2011.

Common Causes of Jet Ski Accidents
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Dangerous waters
  • Weather conditions
  • Inattention of the operator
  • Inexperience of the operator
  • Failure to look for other boaters
  • Excessive speed
  • Machinery failure
  • Failure to follow the rules of the waterways
  • Force of waves or wake

When you are seeking to impose legal responsibility for damages on either a jet ski operator or a person whose negligent maintenance caused an accident, you will need to prove that the other party was negligent. You can do this in one of two ways:

  • Negligence – Under common law negligence principles, you can show that a reasonable driver/operator would have been more careful and that no reasonable person would have behaved as carelessly as the driver in question.
  • Negligence per se – A person is automatically considered negligent if he violates a safety law in a way that leads to harm.
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