Staying Safe on the Water While Boating
Speedboats are one of the most popular types of recreational vessels on Florida waterways. High-octane power boats can go 70 mph or more, creating a thrilling ride for all passengers. Unfortunately, speed boating can also present significant dangers to everyone on the water.
Traveling too fast for water or weather conditions can easily cause some to be thrown from the vessel. At high speeds, any friction, such as a small wave or wake created by another boat, can cause a vessel to bounce high into the air. The sudden jolt can either result in a person being ejected from the boat or the entire vessel being overturned if the impact is forceful enough.
Safety Tips for Speed Boating
Most speedboat accidents are caused by negligence or recklessness. The vast majority of the time, these accidents can be prevented. If you plan to go out on a speedboat or another vessel, you need to ensure that you are taking the proper precautions.
Speed boating safety and accident prevention tips:
- Always wear a life jacket. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 75% of the victims involved in fatal boating accidents drowned. 85% of those drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.
- Assign a proper lookout. A common cause of speedboat accidents is failing to assign a proper lookout. Someone other than the operator of the boat should be assigned to watch for other vessels and potential hazards in the water.
- Take a boating safety course. It is strongly recommended that all boat operators in the State of Florida take a boating safety course. Boating safety courses can help you understand common problems that boaters face and how to navigate issues on the water.
- Never go boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is illegal for a person to operate a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Boating under the influence is a serious offense that can result in jail or state prison time.
- Know the waters where you will be boating. You should always be familiar with the waterways where you plan to take your speedboat. Try to avoid crowded areas and pay attention to places marked off for swimmers. Speed boats can often fit in narrow passageways and canals, but that does not mean it is a good idea to boat there.
- Allow plenty of space for stopping. The faster you are going, the longer it will take to stop. It is essential to remember that you will not be able to slow your boat down quickly if you were traveling at a high rate of speed. Giving yourself plenty of distance and going at a lower speed can help prevent a collision.
- Travel within posted speed limits. While speed boats are designed to go fast, it doesn’t mean that you should zip through the water. Follow all posted speed limits to protect yourself and others from harm.
If you are involved in a speedboat accident, you need to speak to an attorney. An attorney can help determine the best course of legal action based on the circumstances of your case.
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