Boating Safety Tips for a Fun, Accident-Free Summer on the Water
Summertime is fast approaching, which means boating season will soon be in full swing. Unfortunately, more boats on the water generally leads to more accidents.
At Mase Mebane Seitz, we offer dedicated representation for individuals who have been injured in boating accidents. Our award-winning trial lawyers can help you pursue compensation if you have suffered harm while boating on Florida waterways. If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating accident, contact our office at (305) 487-8863 for a free case evaluation.
Most Dangerous Days for Boating
As noted in a recent article by the American Boating Association, summer is one of the most dangerous and deadly times on the water. The three major summer holidays usually account for over one-third of all boating accidents: the 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.
Each year Florida leads the nation in boating accidents and fatalities. Hundreds of people are injured or killed in collisions on the water. Tragically, most of these accidents are preventable. As some of the notoriously perilous days of summer approach, it is important to take precautions and remain safe while boating.
Summer Boating Safety Tips
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has provided several safety tips to keep boaters, passengers, and everyone on the water free from harm.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, boaters should:
- Always wear a life jacket;
- Conduct a vessel safety check;
- Be prepared in the case of an emergency;
- Never operate a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- File a float plan;
- Keep a lookout; and
- Practice “caution, courtesy, and common sense” on the water.
With millions of recreational boaters taking to the waters across the nation, it is unsurprising that there continue to be high numbers of boating accidents. Many operators are inexperienced with little or no training. Most boaters fail to appoint a proper lookout to avoid potential disaster, and many engage in treacherous activities like boating under the influence or driving recklessly.
What to Do If You Are Injured in a Boating Accident
If you are injured in a boating accident, you first need to contact local law enforcement. Most boating accidents must be reported to the appropriate authorities. Notify the agency of the injuries so that they can dispatch emergency medical personnel. Seeking treatment after a boating accident is critical for your recovery.
Once you are able, collect and document evidence at the scene. Take pictures or videos of the accident, including the damage to any vessels or other property. Get the names and information of everyone involved, including vessel registration numbers and insurance data.
Next, contact a boating accident attorney. An attorney can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation against any liable parties.
Get the Help You Need After an Accident
When you are injured in a boating accident, you need an attorney that knows the law and can fight to get you the money you deserve. Contact our office at (305) 487-8863 to discuss your case directly with an experienced lawyer. All consultations are free and without obligation to retain our services.