In the aftermath of the boating accident that killed Jose Fernandez, and in response to the rising number of boating accidents occurring on the nation’s waterways, the U.S. Coast Guard recently released a number of boating safety tips to help encourage safety on the water.
Here are a few of the tips offered by the Coast Guard for all boaters:
- Maintain safe speeds: Just like on our roads, accidents often happen when boaters reach speeds that are too high to maintain control. Hitting one wave at a bad angle could be enough to cause a serious accident.
- Move cautiously when it’s dark: Visibility can be a very big problem on the water at night, especially in open areas. There is not nearly as much lighting as there is in channels or on our roads. To that end, boaters should reduce their speeds and keep an eye out for any potential hazards.
- Never drink while boating: It should go without saying, but unfortunately this is a huge problem on Florida’s waterways. Anyone who is going to be operating a boat should refrain from drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
- Have a cell phone or satellite phone for emergencies: In case you get stranded out on the water, you will want to be able to call for help.
- Have safety equipment: Make sure your boat is stocked with life preservers, fire extinguishers, flares, oars and life rings. These items could come in handy in an emergency situation.
- Have a working radio: Being able to communicate with other boaters can help you stay safe out on the water and call for help when you need it.
If you have been seriously injured in a Florida boating accident, meet with a skilled Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh right away.