Asheville personal injury lawyers know that as we approach Memorial Day and the summer months, there will be a greater risk of boating accidents with the vast number of registered boaters working the wakes of North and South Carolina.
Tides can be difficult to manage so whether you enjoy a sailboat or speedboat, our boat accident attorneys at Lee Law Offices P.A. want to urge boaters to use a little extra caution when you set sail and ride the waves this summer.
We posted earlier this month on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog about the recent fatal accident involving a jet ski which killed a young boy and his father in Bertie County. The jet ski hit an unseen obstacle in the water which threw the riders off of the watercraft.
Asheville Citizen-Times reports about a recent boat accident which injured a Hendersonville man. The boater was on Lake Norman when he hit a wave that threw him overboard. The steering locked causing the boat to run in a tight circle. The propeller caused severe injuries to both legs as the boat swung around and clipped the man in the water. The injured boater was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for emergency surgery.
WSOCTV reports the boat ran for about an hour before running out of gas. Most boats come with a lanyard hooked to the kill switch which can shut the engine off in an emergency. Many boating injuries can be prevented if the lanyard is kept in place. North Carolina law states that if a personal watercraft has a kill switch, the operator must keep the lanyard attached to them while boating. In South Carolina, it is mandatory for all personal watercraft to have a device that causes an automatic shut-off of the engine which kills the power immediately.
Boaters should keep the following safety reminders in tow while boating:
-Take a boat safety course.
-Communicate what waterway you will be boating on and the estimated time of return.
-Never boat in dense fog or severe storms.
-Maintain a safe distance between your boat and other watercraft or vessels.
-Have emergency items like food, water, spare clothes, or a tool kit on board the watercraft.
Learning proper etiquette and boat safety is a must if you plan operate a personal watercraft on North Carolina’s scenic waterways. Reduce the risk of serious injury by knowing where the kill switch is on your watercraft and being prepared for dangerous situations.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a North Carolina boating accident, contact the experienced team of injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. For a free and confidential appointment call 1-800-887-1965 today.