Boating safety involves more than just life jackets

Boating safety involves more than just life jackets

Now that the warmer weather is here, Alabama’s waterways are full of people who are enjoying water sports. If you are planning on heading out on a boat this summer, you should make sure that you are aware of some basic boating safety tips that can help you to ensure your time on the water is fun and doesn’t involve injuries.

Boating and Drinking Can Be Deadly

One of the most important thing that you can do is make sure that nobody who is operating the boat you are on has been drinking. Boating and drinking are a deadly mix, especially because of the added effects of the sun. If something happens and your boat is struck by a drunk boater, you might choose to seek compensation from that boater to help cover the damages you suffered because of the accident.

Another important tip to remember is to avoid overloading the boat. All boats have a maximum occupancy rating. When that rating is exceeded, the boat is put under too much strain and an accident can occur. Even if it means having to split your group up, you should make sure that the boat’s maximum occupancy is complied with.

Boat Accident Prevention

Always leave the emergency radio on so that you can learn about any important events or expectations that could affect your journey. This could include weather warnings or warnings about accidents that occurred on the waterway you are on.

Speed is another serious issue that some people don’t realize is dangerous. Going safe speeds in the boat can help to keep everyone on the waterway safe. As is the case with a drunk boater, you could seek compensation from a speeding boater if you are struck by that boat and suffer injuries.

Source: FindLaw, “Top 10 Tips to Prevent Boating Accidents, Injuries,” Daniel Taylor, Esq., accessed June 24, 2016