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A Beginner’s Guide to Boating Accidents

A Beginner’s Guide to Boating Accidents
Karlin & Karlin Injury Attorneys

The coronavirus outbreak has brought new people to discover the open waters. With social distancing orders and fewer recreational activities, many individuals and families have turned to boating as a means of fun. With more inexperienced boaters on the water, now is a good time to brush up on ways to prepare for and avoid common boating accidents.

If you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident, contact Karlin and Karlin today. Immediate communication can help us conduct an investigation, deal with the insurance companies, and help you begin your proper recovery process. Reach out to one of our experienced boat accident attorneys today.

How to Prepare for Common Boating Accidents

1. Passenger overboard

When boating, always ensure all passengers have a lifejacket that fits them. Do not provide children with adult lifejackets, as they may not be able to properly float with them on. Also, equip the boat with an undamaged lifesaver that can be thrown to an overboard passenger.

If the boat’s captain falls overboard, ensure that the passengers understand how to kill the motor or that the captain has access to an emergency cutoff switch. Doing so can prevent the boat from crashing on its own and/or stranding the overboard passengers.

2. Running aground

To avoid running aground, note any shallow water areas before going out for a boat ride. Avoid these sections at all costs and always keep track of your surroundings.

Should you run aground, make sure you have working pumps, anchors, and other tools to handle leaks and stabilize your boat until help can arrive. Likewise, carry additional paddles to help remove any rocks, sediment, or vegetation in the way of your boat.

3. Inattentive Accidents

Like any other vehicle or heavy machinery, you should not operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Boating while impaired will cause you to be inattentive to your surroundings or engage in reckless actions that can lead to serious boating accidents. To avoid danger, always keep a lookout for any changes to the water or weather and any incoming boats or obstacles.

4. Empty Gas Tanks

Running out of gas in the middle of the water could pose a serious danger, particularly if you are in a secluded area or the water conditions are rough.

To help plan your gas supply, find online boat gas calculators that consider different factors like gas mileage, boat length, weather conditions, and onboard weight. When you come to a calculation, bring around 10-20% extra fuel to use in case of an emergency.

Best Boating Practices

As always, consult a boating safety manual and review safety precautions before going out boating. Learning the appropriate responses to emergency situations beforehand can save valuable time and the lives of others.

Should you get hurt in a boating accident, reach out to Karlin and Karlin for a case consultation. Discussing your situation with knowledgeable boat accident attorneys can help you learn more about your case and what subsequent actions are best.

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