Boating can be a popular summer activity for many Americans. Unfortunately, boating can also be dangerous if people aren’t careful. One thing that watercraft operators and passengers should look out for on a boat is its propeller.
Since they’re located behind the boat, propellers are out of sight and out of mind for most people. However, coming into direct contact with one can be dangerous. That’s because the blade is powerful enough to kill or permanently disfigure anyone who gets hit by it.
According to a recent report, boat propellers account for 4% of all watercraft fatalities and the number of injuries involving them is on the rise.
However, people can prevent themselves from coming into contact with a boat propeller by taking the right safety precautions.
How boaters can avoid propeller injury
These are a few things they can do:
- Avoid alcohol consumption while on board.
- Use a kill switch lanyard at all times.
- Avoid driving the boat in swimming zones.
- Make sure the boat engine is off before allowing passengers on and off the vessel.
- Don’t allow passengers to sit on the transom, bow or gunwales of the boat.
- Avoid driving the boat during bad weather where visibility and control could be an issue.
- Be on the lookout for swimmers and other boaters at all times.
The damage can be life-long
When boat operators or passengers face substantial injuries from propellers, it can impact multiple areas of their life. In some cases, they may have to get a limb amputated due to the severity of the injury. If that happens, they may take on expensive medical debt and lose their ability to perform everyday tasks. The Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A., can help victims receive compensation for their injuries.