Staying safe while participating in summer activities is important, and for many, a big part of that is boating safety. If you get out on the water in your boat very often, or even if you only go out occasionally, you should know that accidents can happen. With proper preparation and safety measures, though, you reduce the chances of an accident or injury significantly, so you can spend more time just enjoying your boat and all that being out on the water can offer.
Do a Safety Check On Your Boat
Checking your boat out thoroughly before you get out on the water is a great idea. This action can help you spot problems before they get started, and can also help you correct any issues on dry land where things are easier to fix. Having a small tool kit on your boat for quick fixes also helps, because it’s always possible that something can break when you’re away from home. The more you know about your boat’s systems, how to check them for problems, and how to make repairs, the safer you’ll be.
Don’t Forget That Life Jacket
Protecting your boat from damage and disrepair is important, but you also need to protect yourself and your passengers as well. You should have flares and a first aid kit on board, and you’ll also want to make sure you have proper life jackets for everyone. Ideally, life jackets should be worn-especially by children and anyone on your boat who doesn’t swim well. For those who choose not to wear their life jacket all the time they are on your boat, knowing where the jackets are, and being able to get to them quickly, is vital and can save lives.
An Attorney Can Help if You’re Injured in a Boating Accident
Despite your best efforts, accidents can still happen. Accordingly, you should know what to do if one occurs. Seeking medical treatment for anyone who needs it is of course very important. In addition, it may make sense to speak with a lawyer. Depending on the reason for the accident and how the other person caused it, it may make sense to take legal action. If they had been drinking, for example, or if they were speeding in a clearly posted zone, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. An attorney familiar with boating injuries can help determine if you should file suit for compensation in your particular situation.