Each year, a significant number of people sustain serious injuries during recreational activities. One mere second of inattention or carelessness could cause a life-altering accident during an otherwise pleasant excursion.
According to the United States Coast Guard, there were more than 4,500 boating accidents across the United States in 2012. These caused 651 fatalities, more than 3,000 injuries and property damage of more than $38 million.
It is clear that boating accidents can cause serious injuries and even fatalities, but there are several safety habits that you can implement to reduce the risk of an accident occurring. If you are struggling with your own injuries sustained in a boating accident, you could benefit from contacting an Atlanta personal injury lawyer at Monge & Associates for advice.
At Monge & Associates, we handle a wide range of cases, including car, truck, and motorcycle and boating accidents, and we may be able to help you recover damages for medical bills or lost wages. Scott Monge has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia for more than 20 years, and we offer a free initial consultation to all clients. Call us today at to schedule an appointment so we can evaluate your case and advise you on how best to proceed.
Here are four boating safety tips to help avoid or reduce the severity of boating accidents:
Check the Weather
Discover Boating reminds readers that it is crucial to check the weather before you depart for a boating trip. It also helps to be conscious of local weather patterns. Boats are particularly vulnerable to poor weather, and if you notice dark clouds, strong winds or a drop in temperature, it is better to play it safe and seek shelter away from the water.
Assign an Assistant
A common mistake that many boat operators make is failing to appoint someone to assist them in case of an emergency. Appoint an assistant skipper who is familiar with the boat, local safety requirements and how to handle emergencies on the water in case an accident does occur and the regular skipper is unavailable.
Make a Pre-Departure Checklist
A good way to ensure that you have all of the necessary safety equipment is to follow a pre-departure checklist, such as the one that Boat Safe provides. This list highlights critical safety equipment, including flotation devices, tools and fire extinguishers, and reminds boaters to stock up before leaving the marina.
It can be easy to let your guard down while on a recreational boating excursion, but it is important to use common sense and stay safe at all times. An accident can happen when you least expect it, but paying attention to speed limits and other vessels can prevent significant trouble.
If you sustained injuries in a Georgia accident, call Scott Monge for advice. At Monge & Associates, we handle a wide range of personal injury cases, and we may be able to help you file a claim for damages. Call us today at — Because You Want to Win.