This past February, a boat ran into a restaurant, the Sunset Grille in Little Harbor. Though there were damages to the restaurant only minor injuries were reported. The visibility was bad due to the fog- According to Tampa Bay Times.
This seems like a ridiculous type of accident, but unfortunately boating accidents are common and can happen for a variety of reasons. To ensure your next boating doesn’t end up as dine-in event for everyone on board, check out these 3 tips to avoid accidents on your boat.
3 Tips for Avoiding Boating Accidents
- Check the Weather- The incident described above, may have been prevented if only the driver of the boat had used more caution and checked up on the local weather. Thick fog, rain, and storms can challenge visibility and smooth sailing.
- Life Jackets- They may not be the fashion statement of the year, but they can prevent many drownings a year if more people would only wear one. Make sure it is fitted properly.
- Use a Pre-Departure Checklist- Every time you embark on an outing make it a habit to go over a pre-departure checklist. This will ensure that you are following safety protocol, everything is checked and in working condition, as well as give you and your passengers a peace of mind and a refresher on the plan if things go south.
Boating is a fun and exciting activity, but it can also be dangerous and result in injury or even death. Following safety protocols and exercising common sense can help prevent tragedy. To be even more cautious don’t drink alcoholic beverages, especially as the driver, and have more people on board who can drive the boat if needed.
It is always best to hire an attorney to represent you in a boating accident, especially if you have sustained injures or if you are at fault. An attorney can help you to maximize your recovery. Board Certified Personal Injury attorney Bryan Caulfield has decades of experience. If you or a loved one has been injured or is responsible for a boating accident call Board Certified Personal Injury attorney Bryan Caulfield today for a free consultation at (727) 460-1208 or contact Bryan Caulfield online.