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Common Causes of Boating Accidents

The Dangers of Boating

Boating on the Florida waters is always a relaxing and fun recreational activity. Whether fishing or just out for a leisurely ride, the day’s worries can melt away. However, like any other water activity, there are some dangers to be mindful of — and when a dangerous situation arises, a boating accident can occur, causing victims to sustain a serious injury.

Here are some of the top ways boating accidents happen.

Operating a Boat While Distracted

When operating a boat, it’s essential to stay alert and have your eyes on the water to ensure your passengers' safety. When distracted by texting or talking on the phone, it could impair your ability to make a quick decision when a dangerous situation arises.

Inexperienced Boat Operators

When it comes to boating, understanding the rules and regulations when out on the water is imperative for everyone’s safety. It’s also vital for boat operators to be trained and licensed before taking the steer. Understanding how to act quickly in an emergency situation, and how to navigate the waters with skill, can reduce the risk of being involved in a boating accident.

Drinking While Boating

Many boaters like to entertain on board, and coolers are often filled with beer and other types of alcohol. However, operating a boat under the influence of alcohol is a surefire way to be involved in a deadly accident. Keep your passengers safe and refrain from alcohol use when you are operating a boat.

How Boaters Can Stay Safe

Victims of boating accidents aren’t always physically on board —swimmers, jet skiers, or anyone participating in various water sports can be involved in a boating accident.

While it’s impossible to prevent a boating accident entirely, there are some things you can to stay safe on the water.

  • Keep boats well-maintained and functioning correctly.
  • Adhere to boat weight limits.
  • Ensure anyone operating the boat has a boating license.
  • Avoid speeding.
  • Go over safety rules and procedures with boat passengers.

It’s also important to have the following safety equipment easily accessible on board:

  • Life jackets
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Throwable flotation devices
  • Visual and sound signaling devices
  • First aid kits
  • Bailing buckets
  • Radio
  • Utility knife
  • Flashlights

Contact a Fort Lauderdale Boat Accident Lawyer

Being involved in a boating accident is a scary situation. If you have been hurt in a boating accident due to another’s negligence, you have the right to file a claim. Our experienced boating accident attorneys will fight the toughest insurance companies to protect your rights so you can receive the maximum compensation that you deserve.

Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today at (888) 499-6206 to schedule a free consultation.