With Summer in full gear, it’s a good time to review some boating safety tips. Boating can be a fun time for you and your friends, but if you ignore the basics you can be held liable for a variety of costly infractions. Here are some of the best tips to keep yourself and others safe while on area lakes:
- Do not drink and operate a boat. Not only is it illegal, operating a boat while intoxicated significantly ups your chances of causing a fatal accident. What can seem like a big, open lake can quickly turn into a hazard of swimmers and boaters that require your full attention to navigate around.
- Slow down. While there are not posted speed limit signs out on the water, you can receive a fine for excessive speed or reckless actions while operating your boat. It’s ok to have fun, just make sure you and others are safe while you have it.
- Be sure you know the rules about life jackets. For instance, in Texas you must have one life jacket per person and children under 13 years of age are required to wear a life jacket at all times.
- Be mindful of the weather. Storms and rough water can be disastrous even if you are just out on a local lake. It’s best not to put yourself or others in danger by risking the weather.
These same tips are some of the first things you should look at if you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident. Was the operator of the boat drinking? Were the operating their boat too fast? Did they have the proper number of life jackets on board?
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