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The Injury Dangers Associated with Jet Skis

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on April 30, 2023

Jet skin on the water with no rider

Jets skis and other types of personal watercraft (PWC) are loads of fun. But they travel very fast and they can be difficult to maneuver. When PWCs aren’t used properly, serious injuries and death may result.

Arizona has strict rules about who can operate PWCs and how you’re allowed to use them. Riders, owners, and businesses that rent out PWCs must make sure that operators are fully aware of the safety rules and that these vehicles are being used safely.

Jet Ski Safety Rules

PWCs are regulated like other types of watercraft. All motorized watercraft must be registered in Arizona, and every PWC must have a visible registration number on each side of the forward section of the vehicle.

Unlike cars, PWCs don’t have brakes, and you can only stop them gradually. That’s why riders have to be very cautious and anticipate potential hazards in advance.

Like speedboats and other watercraft, a PWC creates waves called wakes as they travel. Wakes can be dangerous for swimmers, water skiers, and people traveling in other watercraft.

Piers, docks, and areas where there are other watercraft are called “no-wake zones.” PWCs must slow down and be extra careful when traveling in a no-wake zone.

Arizona has enacted the following PWC safety rules:

  • No reckless operation.
  • No careless wake jumping.
  • Only sit in designated seats.
  • No riding on bow, deck, or gunwale.
  • Don’t exceed 5 mph within 100 feet of a dock.
  • All PWCs must have a fire extinguisher.
  • No traveling close to another vehicle at high speeds.
  • It is illegal to operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise.
  • You must be 12 or older to operate any watercraft 8 horsepower or higher.
  • Go slow and follow posted speed limits in no-wake zones.
  • All riders and passengers must wear a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • No weaving in and out of other vehicles or water skiers.
  • You are not allowed to operate a PWC when legally intoxicated.
  • All PWCs must have a whistle or horn approved by the US Coast Guard.
  • You cannot have more passengers than recommended by the manufacturer.
  • The safety ignition switch must be fully operational and connected to a lanyard.
  • You cannot operate a PWC within 500 feet of a designated swimming area.
  • You cannot remove any manufacturer-installed backfire flame arrestor.

What Causes Jet Ski Accidents?

Most jet ski accidents are caused by inexperience, careless behavior, or not following the rules. PWC owners and businesses that rent them out must make sure that riders know what they’re doing and that they’re familiar with the safety laws.

PWC accidents are caused by the following:

  • Operator inexperience
  • Lack of safety training
  • Speeding
  • Equipment malfunction
  • DUI
  • Fires and explosions
  • Capsizing
  • Collisions
  • Falling off
  • Poor maintenance
  • Lack of caution in no-wake zones
  • Hazardous weather conditions
  • Defective parts

Injuries Caused by Jet Ski Accidents

Accidents and collisions involving PWC can be very serious. Frequent injuries include:

  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Drowning
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Loss of limb
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Crush injuries

Who Is Liable for Jet Ski Injuries?

If you or a loved one was injured in a jet ski accident, contact a Phoenix personal injury attorney right away. Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation. Then they will file a claim against anyone whose negligence contributed to your injuries. This may include:

  • PWC operators whose actions harmed others
  • PWC owners
  • Manufacturers of defective parts
  • PWC rental companies

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