Summer is upon us, and with it comes times spent out on the water. It is very important that you take all safety measures while out on a boat, whether it is your own or one you have hired. There are over 600 boating accidents per year in Florida alone. Yet even when you follow all boat safety measures, disaster can still strike. Here’s what you need to know about boat safety and what to do in an accident.
Make Sure the Boat is Safe
Whether the boat you are going to be on is your own, one you have hired, or piloted by someone else, you still have a responsibility to make sure that the boat is safe. It should be in good repair to the best of your knowledge, as well as have necessary amenities such as life jackets and an emergency raft. If you are not familiar with boats, simply give the boat a once over and make sure that nothing seems amiss.
Make Sure You Are Safe
It is vitally important that you wear a life jacket the entire time you are on the water in a boat. You never know when disaster will strike, and a life jacket helps prevent serious injury or death in the case of an accident. While a life jacket isn’t a guarantee of safety, it is a preventative measure that should be observed, such as wearing your seat belt.
Take Action Immediately
If you are in a boat accident in spite of your best efforts to remain safe, you need to take action immediately. Your first job is to determine who is at fault for the boat accident. If it was caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. Hiring an attorney to help you navigate the insurance claims process and ensure fair compensation is generally a good idea.
If you have been in a boat accident and are seeking compensation, contact us today for a consultation to learn how we can help.