Kayaking Accident Risks – Summer Fun in the Carolinas

A 22-year-old man from North Carolina recent died in a kayaking accident. According to the News & Record, it happened when the man’s kayak overturned. It was then that he hit his head and lost consciousness.
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According to the accident reports, the man was upside down in his kayak and had been there for a number of minutes before his friends were able to get him on shore. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys understand such injuries are a very real threat here in the Carolinas this summer. Avoiding trouble on the water is always our goal. Proper trip planning can help us there – and having the right gear for conditions can save the day; keeping us paddling and comfortable when things go right and keeping us safe should things get tricky!

We’re here with some safety tips. Share them with your kayaking pals to make sure everyone’s a little bit safer out there.

Kayak Safety Tips:

-Avoid wearing cotton clothing. This material only absorbs water and holds cold water close to your skin, increasing the risks for hypothermia. Synthetic clothing is your best answer.

-Never kayak alone. Always bring someone along with you. Use the buddy system.

– Pick an activity level that matches your ability, and progress to more demanding challenges.

-Make sure that life jackets are available for everyone in your kayak.

-Take an on-water Course – whether it’s a safety or skill development course, an ACA on-water instruction course provides the information you need for canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, rafting or safety and rescue.

-Never exceed the weight capacity of your boat and always check your equipment for wear and tear before you paddle.

-For longer excursions, leave a more detailed plan with a responsible person. If you plan to make stops, list the different places in the order in which they will be visited. Leave a second copy on your car seat … and call when you’re back on shore.

-Make sure everyone in your kayak knows how to swim.

-Have a safety plan. Understand your responsibility to help your partner and other members in your group.

-If your kayak tips over, try to hang on to it and avoid rocks. Most importantly, you should stay calm.

-Get to shore. It is tricky to get back in your kayak once it has been flipped over and you are still in the water. Swim to shore while holding onto your kayak. This is best done by holding the kayak and kicking with the legs. If people are around, signal to them for help.

If you have lost a loved one to a kayak accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for advice about your rights. Call for a free consultation at 1-800-887-1965.

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