One person is dead and two more are injured following a jet ski collision in the Outer Banks. The incident is still being investigated, but early reports indicate that two jet skis collided, injuring and killing passengers. The July 10, 2016 accident occurred around 2 p.m. near Sunset Watersports in Duck, North Carolina. The person killed in the wreck was just 25 years old. We send our condolences to his family and friends.
The problem with jet ski rentals
Jet skis are frequently rented out to people with no experience on the water. While we don’t know the experience level of the people involved in this particular crash, it’s common for tourists to rent jet skis while on vacation in the Outer Banks. Though the rental companies often give a quick lesson on how to use the vehicle, it’s often lacking in detail. Without any experience on jet skis or watercraft in general, it’s easy for a person to become overwhelmed, particularly in an emergency scenario.
Collisions between jet skis more common than you’d think
Why are there so many deadly jet ski accidents? Inexperienced drivers and riders are just one common cause. Another reason is the way jet skis handle compared to other types of vehicles. More than 70 percent of all personal watercraft collisions involve another vessel, often another jet ski. That’s because drivers underestimate the speed and distance it takes to overtake another vessel.
Fast turns, quick injuries
Jet skis are also incredibly fast, and turn much sharper than any other kind of watercraft. When a rider doesn’t expect a fast turn, they can easily be thrown into the water at high speeds. Smacking into water at such high rates can cause serious injuries.
That’s not to say you can’t rent a jet ski and enjoy yourself the next time you hit the beach. Just be knowledgeable about the kinds of jet ski accidents that are common, and remember the potential for danger!
If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may want to speak with an attorney. Richard Serpe gained a Master’s Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.