Boating accidents tend to increase during the summer and holiday season. For example, last year there were 266 reported recreational boat accidents along the Southern California coast. Twelve boaters also lost their lives. In fact, according to the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, approximately 15 percent of all boating accidents will occur during summer holiday weekends.
California has taken steps to improve boating use safety, such as requiring a boating safety course be taken in order to receive a boating license. However, this law does not take effect until 2018. Despite this, there are other ways to improve safety when it comes to using watercraft during your vacation time.
One way is to take the boating safety course anyway. Just because it’s not required doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it. A boating safety course can teach you things you may not have already known about boating and even the most experienced boat captains can learn a thing or two from a safety class geared towards their hobby.
Other ways to stay safe while on the water include:
- Always wearing a lifejacket
- Ensuring that you check all safety equipment on the boat before you leave for your boating trip
- Check the weather forecast. You should be aware of whether any storms are coming. The last thing you want is to be stuck on the water during a severe thunderstorm which can severely impact your safety and ability to get back to land
- Notify someone of where you’ll be going. This way, if something goes wrong, someone knew where you were going and when you were supposed to return
Consult a Boating-Accident Attorney
If you have been in a boating accident, it is wise to consult a personal injury attorney experienced in dealing with incidents involving watercraft. These accidents are often caused by negligence, and a personal injury attorney will be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve as a result of any injuries sustained.
The Law Office of Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin has years of experienced handling boating accident lawsuits. We provide each client with compassion and care while tirelessly fighting to uphold their rights.
For an initial consultation, we invite you to give us a call today at (209) 522-2211.