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Avoid Boating Accidents This Summer

Boating, unlike driving, is primarily considered a leisurely pursuit rather than a task or chore. Numerous individuals in New York and other locations discover that there is nothing quite as rejuvenating as escaping the stress of a demanding week and embarking on a boating excursion with loved ones. This sense of liberation, though invigorating, can sometimes lead boaters to overlook safety precautions, potentially elevating the risk of unfortunate boating accidents transpiring on the water

Avoiding Boating Accidents This Summer

 Like car accidents, many boating accidents need not occur and would not occur absent the careless acts of one or more persons. With a modicum of attention and carefulness, and by following these tips, you can help ensure you, your family, and your friends have a fun and injury-free outing on the water:

  • Take a boating safety course: If you lack experience in boating, one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to gain a solid base of safety knowledge is to take a boating safety course. These courses are offered periodically by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at a minimal cost and teach novice boaters about the laws and rules of the water as well as how they can remain safe on crowded bodies of water.
  • Have life jackets available and use them: It is crucial to remember that when unexpectedly thrown overboard, it is not the ideal moment to contemplate donning a life jacket. Ensuring the constant use of a properly fitted and approved life jacket is essential, as it provides vital protection in case of an accidental plunge into the water. This precaution is particularly vital for young children and individuals who lack swimming skills.
  • Do not drink and boat or boat while distracted: Although a boat handles differently than a car, alcohol is as impairing of a person’s faculties and judgment on water as it is on land. Similarly, texting while operating a boat is as distracting as texting while driving a car. Do not boat under the influence of alcohol, and put down the cell phone if you are taking control of a boat.
  • Obey signs and markers and be aware when traveling close to land: While you should maintain vigilance at all times while on the water, be especially alert when traveling close to a shoreline. Not only may there be people in the water who can be seriously hurt if you were to strike them with your boat, many areas near shore or swimming areas also have posted speed limits to prevent dangerous wakes from being created that can pose a hazard to other boaters and swimmers. Violating these posted rules can endanger others and lead to the imposition of sanctions against you.

Reach Out to a Long Island Boating Injury Attorney

In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one sustains injuries in a boating accident, potentially resulting from someone else’s negligent behavior or failure to adhere to essential safety protocols, you might have the right to seek compensation. We urge you to contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP at 516-358-6900 or  contact us through our firm’s website for a free, no-obligation consultation 24/7.

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