Tragically, a former NASA astronaut was killed in Florida last week while jet skiing. His son was jet skiing with him and accidentally struck the back of the jet ski on which the astronaut was riding. He was thrown into the water, later lost consciousness, and passed away later at a hospital.

Unfortunately, accidents like this one are not uncommon. Every summer in the United States, thousands of people head to the water to ride on jet skis. Some of the most popular jet skis are manufactured by Honda, Sea-Doo, and Yamaha.

Jet skis are fun and provide family recreation. When something goes wrong, like someone does not follow the rules or is unprepared, accidents can happen. Some injuries to riders could include chest or head trauma, drowning, burns, hypothermia, spinal cord damage, carbon monoxide poisoning, and broken bones. A study from the Coast Guard in 2002 found that the user of a jet ski was 7.2 times more likely to get hurt than a person in a motor boat, and 31.6 times more likely to get hurt than a canoer or a kayaker.

Jet skis are propelled by jets of water and can only steer when the power is on. When you let go of the throttle the personal watercraft will coast in the direction it was going. Turning the handlebars when there is no power will have little or no effect on the direction of the personal watercraft. Inexperienced riders are often shocked when this happens. Some newer jet skis have systems that will allow quicker stops and more effective turning under low power conditions.

If you have been injured by another person while jet skiing, or if the jet ski malfunctioned, causing an accident, you are entitled to file a lawsuit against the individual or the manufacturer of the personal watercraft. If you’re in Dallas, call the jet ski accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.