As warmer weather approaches, many have their sights set on their upcoming time on the water. Unfortunately, the summer fun of a day spent boating often abruptly ends when accidents occur. Collisions and other incidents on the area’s lakes and rivers may result in serious injuries or, in some cases, death.
Taking certain precautions when boating may help people have a safe, fun time on the water.
Wear a life jacket
Many overlook the need for life jackets, believing they do not need to wear one if they know how to swim. According to the National Safety Council, however, passengers and drivers on boats should use these safety devices at all times. They will aid in keeping their heads above the water should they suffer injury or unconsciousness, or otherwise get disoriented due to falling off the boat.
Even taking great care, boating emergencies sometimes happen. According to StateFarm.com, having the right safety gear on their boats may help people respond to and deal with these situations efficiently and effectively. The equipment boaters often benefit from keeping on their vessels includes the following:
- An anchor, extra line and paddles
- A tool kit
- A first-aid kit and fire extinguisher
- A bilge pump or bailer
- A compass
- Charts of the local area
Having food and water, additional clothing, and personal items such as sunscreen and medicines also generally come in handy when dealing with emergency situations while boating.
Making sure their vessels meet the necessary regulations also aids in preventing some boating accidents. The U.S. Coast Guard offers courtesy vessel safety evaluations to check boats’ seaworthiness.
When boating accidents occur, the resulting injuries often have serious effects on those who suffer them, as well as on their families. Therefore, those who have suffered harm in such incidents may consider options such as pursuing compensation for their injury-associated losses.