Summertime is here and, with it, fun days spent at the pool or out on the lake. For many people, the season means long days of boating and jet skiing in the summer sun. Those activities are highlights of the season, and we encourage everyone to enjoy them — but to do so safely.
Because swimming, boating, and personal watercrafts are quintessential summer staples, people are often unaware of the hazards associated with them. But jet ski and boating accidents are real risks, and it’s important to be aware of them to keep yourself and your family safe.
Public Pool Accidents
Although they’re great venues for cooling off in the summer heat, public pools and water parks aren’t always safe. It is critical that the water and pools be properly maintained and that the equipment be in proper working order. As well, staff must be trained to observe and enforce safety.
The quality of the water is just one issue that may seem innocuous, but can be deadly. If a child or inexperienced swimmer goes under water and cannot be seen, they may drown even with other swimmers nearby because they can’t be seen.
A lack of competent staff also presents problems. Not all pools keep adequate numbers of lifeguards on staff, and even those that do may not train them appropriately.
Personal Watercraft & Boating Accidents
People tend to be more lax in their behaviors when boating than when driving. Most wouldn’t drive a car drunk, but they see nothing wrong with steering a boat under the influence of alcohol.
Crashes often happen when boaters cruise at high speeds while chatting with friends and family on the boat, having a drink, or being otherwise distracted. They may not notice jet skis or other small watercraft until it’s too late to avoid them. Night time can be a particularly dangerous time as alcohol levels may rise while visibility decreases.
Jet ski and boating accidents are real risks, and it’s important to be aware of them to keep yourself and your family safe.
In addition to being difficult to see, water and jet skiing activities carry their own sets of risks. If jet skis break down in the water, you’re much more vulnerable than on larger watercrafts. You’re essentially a sitting duck, hoping that the boaters around you aren’t drinking and that they’re paying attention so they don’t run over you.
Many people don’t understand how to use jet skis properly. They may rent a jet ski or borrow a friend’s and assume driving one is straightforward. But if they don’t know how to turn properly or respond when someone suddenly cuts in front of their path, they can injure or kill themselves or other people. Seventy-five percent of personal watercraft accidents involve collisions, and fatalities are most often caused by blunt force trauma.
But there are lesser-known threats as well. Hydrostatic pressure pelvic injuries are extremely traumatic and even life-threatening conditions that can occur with the use of jet skis.. When riders fall into the water, the force of the impact can cause severe damage to their genital, perineal, and rectal areas. Known colloquially as the “jet skiing douche” or “jet skiing enema,” these situations can cause vaginal lacerations, colon displacements, and even tearing of the bowels and other organs. Bleeding is one indicator that someone sustained an internal injury. Due to the risks associated with severe blood loss, victims must seek emergency help immediately, though this can be difficult when they’re out on the water.
Legal Cases Involving Water Sport Activities
When a victim or family approaches us about a potential legal case involving jet ski, boating, or public pool accidents, our first step is to preserve the evidence. If there’s been a crash, we get all of the watercraft involved photographed and analyzed. In situations where product liability is at play, we’ll preserve the entire craft for further investigation.
Beyond gathering physical evidence, we’ll meet with witnesses and any relevant people who have knowledge of the accident or watercraft. When necessary, we’ll retain independent and highly qualified experts who can investigate the incident and offer insight into how it occurred, whether anyone was negligent and if so, who.
These cases usually involve very serious injuries, and the litigation is often contentious and complex. For that reason, you should hire a law firm that specializes in personal injury and understands how to gather evidence and build a case. When there are many elements at play, you want the person or team representing you to have a deep understanding of the field and a record of building and winning these cases.