Summer is finally here and many people are taking advantage by getting out on the water. While boating can be a fun activity for a group of friends, a family, or an individual who wants to take to the water, it can also be a dangerous activity.
If you are injured in a boating accident, we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation. If you are simply getting ready to enjoy a summer full of boating adventures, then we encourage you to read on to learn about three steps you can take to stay safer while boating this summer.
- Make Sure Your Boat Has the Appropriate Safety Gear
- Do Not Drink Alcohol Before or While Boating
- Keep Your Lights On
Do not leave shore until you are sure that your boat has the right safety gear. Even if you are not going far at all, you never know when a disaster could strike. You should have at last one life jacket for each passenger every time you go out on the water. You should have several flotation devices that you can throw into the water to help a passenger who falls overboard.
It is common for a person who would never think of drinking and driving to think that it’s fine to boat while intoxicated. This is untrue. You are just as impaired while operating a boat as you would be if you were operating a car. If you are going to drink, find someone else to drive the boat or keep it docked. Not only is this good sense, but it is the law. Do not risk injury and do not risk a BUI – boat responsibly.
There may be nothing more important to preventing a boat accident with another boat than ensuring your lights are on. Visibility is essential to stay safe while boating. Keeping your lights on whenever you are on the water helps ensure that others on the water can see you.
Have You Been Involved in a Boating Accident?
If you have been injured in a boating accident that was the result of someone else acting recklessly or negligently, then you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. This could cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.
To learn more about the process and whether or not you have a case, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We look forward to helping you recover the compensation you are owed for the damages you suffered.