If jet skiing looks dangerous, it’s because, when it’s not done properly, it really, really is. In fact, you would probably assume that jet ski accidents are one of the largest causes of injuries on holiday, and you wouldn’t be wrong.
A combination of high speeds, deep water and an innate desire to show off in many people can all too easily lead to jet ski accidents.
What are the most common injuries following accidents on jet skis?
It is rare, and extremely fortunate, that anyone emerges from a jet ski accident on holiday totally unscathed. In fact, it is far more likely that the injuries will be serious and the road to recovery both long and arduous. Here’s a brief run down of the most common jet ski accident injuries.
- Head injuries: When you imagine yourself whizzing along the top of the ocean waves, spraying sea water in your wake, it is unlikely you picture yourself wearing a helmet. The land vehicle most comparable to a jet ski in terms of movement and control is probably a motorbike. It therefore, seems odd that helmets are never worn out at sea. Because of this, and the fact that the vast majority of jet ski accidents involve a collision with another vehicle, concussion is a common holiday injury arising from an accident whilst jet skiing.
- Suction accidents: Jet skis move by sucking water in through the front and spitting it out the back. At the front of the vehicle, the water is sucked in at considerable force and numerous holiday accidents have occurred from people getting too close to this area whilst the jet ski is operating.
- Dehydration: Controlling a jet ski is a physically demanding activity. It is also extremely good fun. A combination of these two facts means that it is very easy to lose a lot of water whilst traversing the seas. Being dehydrated impairs both your awareness and reaction times, making an accident on holiday all the more likely.
Many accidents with jet skis can be avoided by hiring through a reputable, experienced company and ensuring you pay close attention to the safety instructions.
If you are injured abroad in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then it is worth remembering you may be due holiday accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience processing such claims.