Personal Watercraft Accidents
Personal Watercraft, or "PWC", is a small recreational boat which uses jet drive, as opposed to a propellor. Generally, personal watercraft have some deadly defects. The first will be discussed in this article. Off throttle steering loss refers to the inability to steer a PWC once the throttle is released.
The NTSB released a ground breaking "Personal Watercraft Safety" study in 1998 that identified the hazards associated with "Off Throttle Steering Loss" (OTSL). Many PWC's have top speed in excess of 50 mph, or more. Once the throttle is released ,the PWC will coast for over 100 yards. With most PWC's there is no steering control while the PWC is coasting. And there is no brake system.
This is why there has been needless death after needless death with PWC's. PWC's are the only vehicle known to man that does not allow the operator to brake and turn at the same time.
Think about that the next time you drive a car. Think about how many times you use the brake to avoid a collision/ hazard. Then think about how often you brake and turn to avoid a collision/ hazard. That is the deadly Off Throttle Steering Loss defect.
Considering PWC's will coast for over 100 yards with no turning ability, it is no wonder PWC's are the only boat known that has more fatalities due to trauma than drowning.
The operator can turn the handlebars and still the PWC will speed straight and collide with anything in it's path. Off Throttle Steering Loss is often deadly and extremely dangerous.