If you love boating, then you should be aware of the risks of being on the water. Recreational boating accidents can, and do, happen.

There are lots of reasons why these boating accidents happen. Some include:

  • Environmental causes, like sudden waves or storms
  • Inattention
  • Operator error
  • Alcohol use
  • Equipment failure

Each of these events can lead to serious collisions or death under certain circumstances.

How can you prevent boating accidents?

To prevent boating accidents, you should always make preparations before you head out onto the water. Check the weather, and make sure you check the mechanics of the boat to be sure that it’s working properly.

Operator error is a common cause of boating accidents, but it can be avoided. Take the time to get lessons on how to boat, and take a boating course to learn more about boating laws and rules on the water.

Alcohol is another major factor in boating collisions. Remember, alcohol and the sun can quickly lead to dehydration and to feeling stronger symptoms of intoxication. If you plan to drink, don’t plan to drive the boat. Remember to drink water, too, to prevent dehydration.

Overall, the incidents that can lead to boating accidents are preventable. From checking the weather to making sure you don’t drink behind the wheel of your vessel, there are plenty of things you can do to avoid an accident. Our website has more information on boating accidents and what you should do if you’ve been hit by a dangerous boater or involved in a boating collision on the water.  Contact the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., if we can provide any assistance or additional information.