Summer is approaching, and many Florida residents like to spend more and more time outside to take advantage of the longer days and beautiful weather. Recreational water sports such as boating, jet skiing, canoeing and kayaking are a favorite pastime, but unfortunately when preventative measures are not taken, personal injury and even death can occur. We here at Moody Salzman want you to know there are many things while boating to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2017 there were 658 deaths and 2,629 injuries as a result of 4,291 recreational boating accidents. They also resulted in a total of approximately $46 million in property damage.
Many deaths from water craft accidents are caused by drowning. Therefore, it is important that all passengers know how to swim and are wearing properly fitted life jackets, known in boating terms as PFDs (personal flotation devices). You should also have other safety items on board, such as a fire extinguisher, safety floatation devices, a first-aid kit and emergency food and water supplies.
Other ways that you can reduce boating accidents are by following these guidelines:
- Operate a boat only while you are sober
- Maintain your boat properly to prevent mechanical or structural problems
- Be sure that the boat is carrying the proper weight and do not overload
- Do not speed while operating the boat
- Learn the boating laws of the jurisdiction and take accredited classes
- Check the weather conditions before embarking on the water
If you have been in a boating accident and would like more information, visit our web page.