Nothing more relaxing than sailing and snorkeling in South Florida. Besides having a chance to see some historic sites, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy nature at its best. This is priceless and something you should never take for granted. But while adventuring in the water, you must exercise some extra caution. Summer is boating season and many boating accidents occur during this time. Understanding what causes these devastating accidents is the best way to prevent them and also any fatal injuries associated with them. Make sure you contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Common causes of boating accidents
Vigilance – Sometimes boat operators are not vigilant enough. They need to keep an eye on the weather or any conditions that may cause an accident. There are hazards that need to be avoided just like in any other type of accident.
Inexperience – This is when operators don’t understand the rules of navigation and don’t know how to handle emergencies. Even the most experienced boat operators can make mistakes.
Speeding – Just like traffic accidents, boating accidents can be caused by excessive speed as the operator will have less time to react to unpredictable situations and cause the boat to crash into other vessels.
Alcohol and other drugs – This is one of the most common causes of many boating accidents. In Florida, the BAC limit is .08.
Maintenance – This is critical to keeping the boat a safe place. The boat owner is responsible for the vessel’s maintenance and safe operation.
Respect the rules – There are rules in water just as there are rules on the road which should be respected otherwise operators as well as boat passengers can face dangerous consequences.
Weather and water conditions – The ocean waters are unpredictable. Anything can happen any minute and you need to be prepared. It’s important to check the weather conditions and conditions of the water as well. Don’t underestimate weather alerts. The force of waves and wakes have also caused fatal accidents and injuries.
There is about 90% of all boat accidents that involve injured victims. This is why is important to stay alert and learn about some useful safety tips:
Wear a lifejacket and carry a whistle
Learn how to swim and self-rescue
Understand local navigation rules
Learn about common hazards and wear a leash when necessary
Operate the vessel defensibly
Attend a safety course to keep up to date
Keep an eye on the weather
Contact a friend or family and tell them when you will return
Always check the engine and refuel
How a personal injur attorney can help
Boating accidents are generally caused by someone’s negligence. A personal injury attorney can help you seek the compensation you deserve for your medical costs, injuries sustained in the accident, loss income, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. You will never know your legal rights unless you ask. Contact us today and schedule your initial case evaluation with one of our talented attorneys.