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Boating Accidents Can Be Much More Dangerous Than People Think

When you are out on the open waters, the last thing on your mind is a personal injury accident. But there are a high percentage of boaters who wind up needing medical attention and have their lives permanently affected as the result of a boating incident. Some of the most common causes of boating accidents include:

  • Drivers not paying attention
  • Lack of proper safety precautions
  • Driver impairment from alcohol or other substances
  • Lack of driver experience

Boating accidents are nothing to laugh at. The added element that makes a boating accident very dangerous is the water. A boating passenger could drown as the result of what seems like a simple collision. To avoid issues on the waters, there are several things every boater should do before setting sail.

Take Safety Courses

Some elements of boating safety are obvious, and others are not so obvious. To make sure that you are up to date on all of the safety measures, you should take regular safety classes from a certified organization. Simple rules such as always wearing your safety vest can be the difference between life and death.

Have the Right Gear

Every boat should be equipped with one safety vest per occupant, a working two-way radio and a flare gun. It is also a good idea to have a first aid kit onboard and someone who knows how to properly use it. Put medications such as seasickness and headache pills in the first aid kit, just in case they are needed during the trip.

Pay Attention to the Water

A good boater never drinks alcohol while operating a boat and he always pays close attention to where he is going. There are no designated roads on the water, so a boat could be anchored anywhere. If you are not paying attention, you could do serious damage to your boat, another party’s boat, and you could cause serious injuries as well.

Take Boating Seriously

Some people get out on the water to relax and enjoy the weather, which is a great way to reduce stress. But you should always take your boat and boating seriously. Never fool around when piloting a boat and always obey the safety rules of the water. When you see another boat in trouble, you need to investigate and help wherever possible. Remember that you can get a ticket for your actions on a boat just like you can when you are driving a car. You need to take the idea of boating seriously and make sure that you always do what is right.

Personal injury accidents on the water are just as real as they are on the highways. When you are on a boat, you have a responsibility to be safe and watch out for everyone else as well. To avoid having any problems, always know the boating safety rules and make sure that your boat is equipped with functioning safety equipment at all times.


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