Summer is here, and the Florida waterways are once again getting crowded with residents and visitors alike enjoying some fun in the sun. Of course, this also means the number of boating accidents is about to increase over the next several months.
Here are a few examples of the most common causes of boating accidents.
- Inexperience: Operator inexperience is one of the most common causes of boating accidents. Anyone operating a boat should know the basics of boating and navigation, and should have appropriate training for handling emergencies.
- Distraction: Operator inattention is perhaps the most common cause of boating accidents. Anyone operating a boat must constantly be vigilant of their surroundings and looking out for potentially unsafe conditions or any objects or hazards in the area.
- Excessive speed: Safe operational speeds are crucial for boating safety. Speeding can make it more difficult to react to hazards in a timely manner, and will make it more likely that a collision will occur.
- Impairment: Alcohol or drug use is frequently a factor in boating accidents. The legal limit for BAC for boaters is the same as for drivers: .08. But it’s generally advisable to not consume alcohol at all if you are going to be operating a boat.
- Equipment failure: There are some cases in which equipment failure can be the cause of accidents. It is important for boat owners to make pre-trip checks to make sure the boat is in good condition, and to make repairs and perform preventative maintenance as needed to extend the boat’s usable life.
- Dangerous conditions: It’s a good idea to examine the weather forecast before you hit the water to make sure you won’t encounter any dangerous conditions. Water conditions can change quickly, so it’s important to be prepared for anything and to know how to react to those changing conditions.
For more information about boating accidents and seeking compensation if you’ve been injured, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.