As you may realize, Florida is a state made for boating. From beautiful beaches up and down the peninsula to the more that 30,000 lakes, you would be hard-pressed to find a better place to hit the water, whether you are rowing a canoe or captaining a yacht. However, many people, especially new boaters, do not realize that boating accidents are a serious risk to all aboard their vessel. Many relax when on the water, but do so to a fault, forgetting important safety standards that could help prevent tragedy.
With boating remaining a pastime for so many in Florida’s nearly ever-warm waters, we think it is important to highlight some important boating accident prevention tips in order to keep your boating trip afloat.
Quick Tips to Avoiding Boating Accidents
- Do NOT boat under the influence: We all understand that drinking and driving is needlessly dangerous and avoidable, so why would anyone think the danger is lessened when on the water? There is a tendency to let loose with friends and family while boating, but keep the beer and liquor to enjoy when safely back on shore.
- Make safety a priority: From lifejackets to emergency beacons, there are many options available to make your trip a safer experience. Always follow safety laws and precautions, such as posted no wake zones and fire extinguisher requirements. Check the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website for a full list of safety equipment requirements.
- Check the forecast frequently: We all know how quickly the weather can turn from beauty to beast, especially in the summer months. For that reason, always check the weather forecast before your trip, while monitoring possible storm threats with a radio or even your cell phone when on the water. Nothing can lead to a panic-induced accident like an oncoming thunderstorm.
Unfortunately, as we know all too well, some accidents are unavoidable. If you are a passenger on a boat that is involved in an accident, you may not know who to turn to. Am I responsible for my injuries? Is the boat operator?
Understanding that the responsible party for the accident is liable for injuries and losses is a vital step towards receiving the recovery you deserve. Before making your injury claims, we recommend speaking to an accident liability expert to help you navigate the murky waters of liability law with confidence.