Boating is a popular pastime throughout California but for as much fun as it can be, it can also be dangerous. Unfortunately, the number of boating accidents continues to rise year over year. Many people are not aware of just how dangerous it can be for them to be on a boat. Keep reading to learn about eight common factors involved in boating accidents. If you have been injured in a boating accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for your free legal consultation.
- Distracted Operating
- Boats That Are Not Properly Maintained
- Boat Operators Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol
- Inexperienced Boating Operators
- Poor Weather Conditions
- Not Following Navigational Rules
- Lack of a Lookout
Yes, distracted boating is an issue just like distracted driving. Some operators may feel that since they are on a large body of water, they do not need to pay close attention. This attitude has caused many accidents as operators become unaware of their surroundings, the changing weather, and other conditions.
It is not uncommon for a boating accident to happen due to an operator or boat owner not properly maintaining their boat. This is why boats should be inspected and all components should be assured to be in good working order before the boat leaves the dock.
Too often, boating operators believe that they are still safe to drive if they have been drinking or using drugs. The same laws that govern operating a car while drunk affect boating while drunk. It is dangerous and results in accidents every year.
The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that the third most common contributing factor to boat accidents is inexperienced operators. It is not something that can be picked up by simply getting behind the wheel – instruction id necessary.
There are maximum speed limits on some waterways for this simple reason: It is hazardous to speed while driving a boat. Just as is true of car accidents, the faster a boat is moving, the longer it takes for the boat to stop.
If the weather is poor, do not go out on the water. Check the weather forecast before heading out to ensure that it is safe to go out on the water.
There are rules on the water – and they are there for a reason. No one should operate a boat unless they are familiar with these rules. Following them helps keep everyone on the water safer and more secure.
There should be someone on the boat who has the specific job of being a lookout. They need to be watching for hazards or dangers. The U.S. Coast Guard says that the lack of a lookout contributes to about half of all boating accidents in California.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, your next step should be a call to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker to request a free legal consultation. We are standing by to help – call us at 800-333-0000.