Every year thousands of boat accidents cause injuries to passengers, jet skiers, swimmers and others out on the water. Preventing injury and accidents means being prepared and having a good knowledge of water and boat safety. This month, the U.S. Coast Guard will be offering boating safety classes in Charleston, South Carolina to prevent accidents and injuries.
On July 20, the U.S. Coast Guard will be hosting a boating class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Daniel Island Library in Charleston. Our Charleston boating accident attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness about boater safety and helping drivers and passengers get the information they need to stay safe on the water this summer.
According to reports, the course is called About Boating Safety and is certified by the South Carolina DNR. Graduates who pursue the full training session will be granted a South Carolina Boater Education Card. Boating education can be useful to ensure that boaters know the law and that they follow regulations to prevent accidents and injuries.
Boating safety encompasses all aspects of being on the water. From preparation to boater operation and action to take in the event of emergency, boaters will be trained to prevent and react in the event of an emergency. If you are a boater, you should remember to follow speeds and other regulations while on the water. Make sure that you have size appropriate life vests for all of your passengers. Follow signs and signals and make sure that you use waterways fitting for your boat. If you are a fisherman in a smaller boat, be wary of larger boats and wakes. Similarly, large boats and speed boats should be concerned with less visible boats on the water. Drinking and boating is an obvious deadly combination that can lead to devastating accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
In the event of an accident, you should know appropriate emergency measures. Rescue efforts and contacting authorities can make a significant difference in the recovery of the victims. Boating accident injuries can be severe, including head injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries and drowning. Victims of boating accidents could be stuck with life-long injuries, including loss of mobility, paralysis, and permanent brain damage.
In the state of South Carolina, boaters under the age of 16 are required to pass an approved boater education course before operating a vehicle without supervision. This law applies to the operation of a personal watercraft (a.k.a. PWC) or motor powered boat with 5 horsepower or more. South Carolina residents or tourists who are interested in the course may sign up individually or as a family. The course costs $30 per person or $35 for up to six family members.
In the event of an accident, victims may be entitled to significant compensation. An experienced advocate can help to investigate a boating accident, identify responsible parties and protect your rights. The best way to prevent boating accidents and injuries is to know the law, and to stay safe on the water.