Even if you have no experience driving a jet ski, you may assume that it’s easy enough once you get the hang of it. You tell yourself it’s as simple as riding a bike, so you don’t have any concerns about giving it a go.

However, once you find yourself on a jet ski, you soon realize that there are a variety of challenges to contend with.

Here are three ways driving a jet ski is not like riding a bike:

  • It’s propelled from behind: With a bike, pedaling puts both tires in motion, thus allowing you to accelerate in a slow and steady fashion. But with a jet ski, you must get used to the fact that it’s propelled from behind. Furthermore, it can take off with more power in a shorter period of time.
  • Must accelerate to steer: Even at low speeds on a bike, as long as the tires are rolling, you’re able to steer. This doesn’t hold true on a jet ski, as you must first accelerate to steer. This can lead to a situation in which you go faster in an attempt to make a specific maneuver.
  • Florida has regulations for the operation of jet skis: Just as there are rules of the road that bicyclists must follow, the same holds true with anyone operating a jet ski. Understanding these rules and regulations is imperative to safe operation.

When renting a jet ski, you assume that the company knows the ins and outs of the law and will provide you with everything required to stay safe. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen, as they often neglect to follow the rules.

If you’re injured in a jet ski accident, it’s critical to receive immediate medical attention. From there, review the release form that you signed for more language regarding your legal rights. Keep in mind that the release form may be invalid if the rental company failed to properly instruct you.

A jet ski accident is every bit as dangerous as it sounds, so if you find yourself injured make sure you receive treatment and then take steps to protect your legal rights by contacting the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A. Mr. Merting is Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law and has been re-certified four times.