In an unfortunate example of how accidents can occur in just about any situation, three people were hurt after a rogue jet ski struck a Tennessee beach. The incident occurred at the Cheatham County dam on a Sunday afternoon when the jet ski operator reportedly fell off the vehicle and it kept traveling before striking several people on the beach and in the water.
A number of people phoned in a report of the accident, relaying information about the personal injury one of the victims suffered. The witness reports indicated that the young woman was bleeding badly. When first responders arrived, they discovered that the woman had suffered severe damage to her arm. She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment and as of the last report was in stable condition. At least two other people suffered injury in the accident and were also taken to the hospital.
A police officer found the jet ski operator some distance away from the scene. In a conversation recorded by the officer’s body cam, the operator said he did not mean to injure anyone and that he did not know why the jet ski continued to operate. The officer took the man into custody, but no charges had been filed at the time of the news report.
The victims of this unusual watercraft accident will now face medical bills and may lose income because of their injuries. Attorneys experienced in personal injury claims can help victims recover compensation, enabling them to pay their expenses.
Ordinarily, jet skis come equipped with a kill switch that cause them to stop running if the operator loses contact with the vehicle. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will continue to investigate both the jet ski and its operator, a 33-year-old man, to uncover what caused the accident.