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Safety Tips to Avoid a PWC Accident

Personal watercrafts (PWCs) are a fun way to spend the day on the water. There are more than 12,000 PWCs registered in San Diego.

Unfortunately, Jet Skis account for a large percentage of San Diego boating accidents every year.Unfortunately, Jet Skis account for a large percentage of San Diego boating accidents every year. In 2011, PWCs were involved in 118 California boating accidents.

In many cases, PWC accidents are caused by inexperience. They can be easily rented at many local beaches and marinas, and operators often receive minimal instruction before heading out. Unfamiliar riders often don’t understand that Jet Skis cannot be stopped quickly and can be difficult to maneuver.

If you plan to hop on a SeaDoo or Jet Ski this summer, we encourage you to consider the following tips, which can help prevent injury:

  • Check your equipment, fuel level and weather conditions before you start.
  • Let someone on shore know where you will be heading and when you will return.
  • Watch for hazards, floating and submerged obstructions, tidal conditions, and observe local boating regulations.
  • Go slowly near shore and drive defensively in congested areas, where collisions most frequently occur.
  • Always look around for other traffic before beginning turns.
  • Avoid sudden course changes near other boaters or swimmers.
  • Never operate between a skier and the ski boat; a moving tow line can cut like a knife. The display of a red or orange flag by boaters indicates a skier or equipment in the water.
  • Attempt to perform tricks only in controlled areas or in sparse traffic on adequately wide expanses of water.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego boating accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.