In a sad turn of events during Memorial Days festivities on Miami Beach, Miami-born singer Sean Kingston was seriously injured in what appears to have been a preventable and tragic jetski accident. Use of personal watercraft has exploded around Miami and the beaches in recent years, and injuries are far too frequent. The media surrounding Mr. Kingston’s unfortunate accident draws the public’s attention to related safety issues.
Injuries from these types of accident are all too frequent and our society shouldn’t require a celebrity to be injured to force the public to pay attention. Summer is a wonderful time for South Florida residents, and our bays and oceans beckon along with our beautiful beaches. A little attention to water safety will prevent a host of tragedies for many South Florida families. Please, if you are trying something new, or if you are going back to an old sport with newer, highly powered equipment, learn to use everything and learn the rules before you go out on the open water.
Companies renting jetskis, other personal watercraft or boats to novices or vacationers should provide basic training and require a basic level of competency as well as safe and functional equipment.
If you or someone you love is injured participating in a water-related sport, Florida lawyers experienced in handling watercraft accidents can explain your rights.