Summer is in full swing, and boats are out on the water. It is important that you practice caution when taking out a boat for your safety and for the safety of others. Whether you are sailing your own boat, renting a boat, or riding someone else’s boat, there are some basic safety tips that you should follow. Of course, regardless of how careful you are, accidents do happen, and it is important to know what to do.
Every individual on the boat should be wearing a life jacket. The life jacket should fit you snuggly, but not be uncomfortable. Most life jackets have adjustable straps so that you can make it fit properly. However, smaller people and children can only adjust the straps so far, so make sure you have life jackets available in every necessary size before you set out.
Watching for Hazards
If you are driving or sailing a boat yourself, it is important that you remain vigilant and observant. Make sure you know where every other boat is on the water. Watch for accidents, as well as other hazards such as tree limbs in the water or sand bars. No one can see everything at once, but if you are paying attention you should be able to avoid most hazards that could cause an accident.
Check Your Boat
Before heading out on the water, check your boat’s mechanical function and soundness. You want to make sure there are no leaks and that everything is working as it should. Even if you are renting a boat or riding on someone else’s boat, take a moment to check everything for yourself. Additional eyes on the boat could catch something that the boat’s owner missed.
In an Accident
If you do have a boat accident in spite of taking all the necessary precautions, you need to act quickly. Make sure that you and your fellow passengers are safe and seek medical treatment. Once everyone is safe, you should contact an attorney immediately. If someone else’s negligence was the cause of the accident or injury, you could be entitled to compensation.
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