Whether you are visiting North or South Carolina for a vacation or you are an avid and experienced local boater, it is important to keep safety in mind when out on the waters. Water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing are all part of summer fun on the water. But participants should take necessary precautions and be safe to avoid accidents and collisions.
Whether on the rivers, lakes, or on the ocean, residents and tourists will flock to the water this summer. Fisherman should also be wary of large boats to prevent accidents and injury. Our boating accident attorneys are experienced in representing the victims of boating and accidents on the water. We are dedicated to helping tourists and residents of North and South Carolina stay safe this summer boating season.
All boaters, swimmers and fishermen should be wary of their surroundings. You want to know what lies ahead and where you may come into contact with other boaters. Here are some additional tips to avoid accidents or injuries:
Obey the rules. You should know state laws, including speed limits, wake laws, and other regulations to ensure safety for your passengers and others out on the water. Remember to only travel in areas open to your size and type of boat.
Carry proper equipment. Make sure that you carry Coast Guard approved life vests for each of your passengers. Life vests should fit properly and be the right size for your smallest and largest passengers.
Be responsible. While being on the water may make you feel carefree, remember to keep safety in mind. Carefree does not mean negligent or reckless boating. Speeding, drinking and driving, and other acts of negligence could result in serious accidents, resulting in injury or fatality.
Make sure drivers are trained and licensed to drive. Boat operators should be well-trained and new drivers should be supervised by someone who is sufficiently capable and experienced.
Be aware of dangerous weather conditions and low-visibility. If you are in a storm, reduce speeds to arrive at a dock safety and avoid the potential for collision.
Keep boat and equipment maintained. Boat owners should perform regular maintenance checks and upkeep. Inspections are necessary to make sure that boats are safe for use.
Boating accidents can result in serious accidents and injuries. Victims of boating accidents may suffer lacerations, broken bones, head and neck injuries, paralysis, or drowning and accident death.
Never drink and drive. Boating and alcohol-related accidents continue to result in injury and accidental death. Remember that a drinking and driving accident could result in DUI and additional criminal penalties. Even a small amount of alcohol can reduce reaction times and result in a catastrophic accident.
Every year, drivers and passengers are subjected to serious injury and death in the event of collision, capsize, or other accident. Taking precautions throughout the season can help you to avoid accidents, injuries, and wrongful death. If you or someone you love was involved in a boating accident, you should consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible who can review your case, initiate an investigation, and protect your rights.