There are three prevalent causes of jet ski or personal watercraft accidents. Sadly, the most common is reckless or careless driving. It is all too common for jet ski riders to travel at excessive speeds, which can very easily result in accidents. Other examples of unsafe jet ski operation include becoming airborne while crossing the wake of another vehicle and attempting to weave through traffic.
Inexperience is the second major cause of jet ski accidents. It is very easy to rent a jet ski. No prior experience is required, and rentals do not come with any detailed safety instructions. Inexperienced riders often attempt risky maneuvers. Unfortunately, these end in accidents all too often.
The third most common cause of jet ski accidents is intoxication. Although it is illegal to drive a jet ski while under the influence, vacationers will tend to take the chance, feeling relaxed and uninhibited. This often leads to serious accidents, just as it does when motorists make the decision to drink and drive.