Tips to Avoid Boating Accidents

Summer is a fun-filled time of year with lots of warm-weather fun for you and your loved ones. While there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, many people try to beat the heat by enjoying a day out on the lake on a boat. However, a fun day out on the lake can quickly turn traumatic when a boating accident occurs. Every year, hundreds of individuals are seriously or fatally injured in boating accidents. Although our attorneys know that the best type of summer is a summer without injuries, we want to help if you or your loved one is injured while out on a boat.

To avoid injuries, our attorneys recommend that you follow the following safety tips when on a boat:

  • Pay attention to the weather: Many boating accidents happen as a result of inclement weather. Before heading out to enjoy a day on the water, it is important to check the weather. In the event of heavy wind, lightning, or fog, it is best to reschedule your trip to avoid putting you and your loved ones in a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Follow all safety precautions: It is important to follow all safety precautions while out on a boat. All of the boat safety precautions are for the wellbeing of you and your loved ones. There must be as many life vests on the boat as there are passengers. Small children should wear a life vest at all times. This is because drowning is one of the top causes of fatalities associated with boating. Adults should also use discretion when deciding whether to get off the boat without a life vest. Only strong swimmers should decide to leave life vests behind.
  • Do not consume alcohol and drive: There are real risks that come with consuming alcohol and handling a boat. Operating a boat while intoxicated is another top cause of fatalities and serious injuries. Not only is drinking and driving dangerous, it is also illegal. If you are caught operating a motor vehicle, like a boat, while intoxicated, you may not only face criminal charges but could be held responsible for any resulting injuries.

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The Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. We are highly experienced personal injury lawyers who successfully handle hundreds of personal injury claims each year, obtaining justice and monetary relief for our clients.

Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in an accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim, contact Colombo Law today for a risk-free initial consultation to get you or your loved one the assistance you deserve.

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