Maritime News & Info

Virginia Beach jet ski explosion highlights dangers

Imagine starting up your family’s new jet ski, only to find yourself thrown 30 feet in the air.

That’s the reality for one teenager, who thankfully survived a jet ski explosion in Virginia Beach earlier this week. He’d purchased the used Sea Doo just weeks earlier with money earned working at a local campground. The boy had taken the vehicle on the water a few times previously with no issues. This time, when he started the engine, the jet ski exploded into a huge fireball, sending the teen into the air.

Miraculously, the 17-year-old survived without a scratch. But the incident highlights the inherent danger associated with jet skis. Kawasaki, a leading jet ski company, has announced a plethora of product recalls in the last twenty years. In 2013, the company was sued by a women who fell off the back of one of their jet skis. She suffered severe internal injuries when water was forced into her cavity. The lawsuit found that Kawasaki had not done enough to warn riders of the need to wear protective clothing when operating the jet ski. The company paid $1.5 million to the victim.

Regardless of brand, all jet skis run the risk of design or manufacturing defects.

Common injuries caused by jet ski accidents:

  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Damaged ear drums
  • Serious neck and back injuries

This list is just a glimpse at the potential health hazards jet skis can pose. Should you or a loved one find yourself in a jet ski accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. The first step to recovery is diagnosis. Even in cases like the one mentioned above, it is recommended that you receive medical attention to determine if you have any brain or spinal injuries. Just because the injury isn’t immediately apparent doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Concerned about whether your jet ski might have been recalled due to safety issues? Check out this helpful list of all boating recalls.

Maritime Accident Lawyer – Richard Serpe

If you or your loved one has been injured, you may want to speak with an experienced maritime injury lawyer. An experienced maritime lawyer can attempt to get the results, the settlement and the financial compensation you deserve for your long term care.

Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Mr. Serpe has helped victims of serious injuries, and families affected by a wrongful death, for over 30 years.