If you live in Florida, more than once you have probably heard, “Just jump in the boat—let’s go!” without any concern for boating caution. While taking off certainly can be that easy, it is recommended that all boaters go through a safety checklist before taking off for a day or evening of fun on the water.
Whether you are planning to catch some rays on a pleasure cruise, do some serious fishing, or go water-skiing or tubing, safety should always come first. Going down a safety list before departing should also give you—and your passengers—peace of mind in knowing that you are as prepared as possible.
Following is a good safety outline:
While you and your guests may be impatient to get going, every minute spent on a pre-boating checklist is well worth the time—especially when considering that Florida leads in boating fatalities, and there were 4,463 accidents last year. Unsurprisingly, those not wearing their life jackets are more prone to drowning, as well as those riding in or operating smaller boats.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, contact us now. At Heintz & Becker our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in helping victims claim the compensation they deserve from negligent boaters.
All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.
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