As we continue to battle the coronavirus, many of us will head to the water to escape the stress. Boating is a way of life for many along the Georgia and South Carolina coastline and can bring hours of enjoyment to your family and friends. With more people on the water this summer, it is important to protect yourself from boating accidents.
According to the US Coast Guard, there were 4,168 boating accidents in 2019. Of these, 613 deaths were reported. There was also approximately $55 million in property damage reported. This was a small increase from 2018 statistics. The cause of death in 79% of the fatalities was drowning, and most of the victims were not wearing life jackets. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 23% of fatalities. And, 70% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had not received proper boating safety instruction.
Follow the Rules
Boat ownership is a privilege that requires dedication. Make sure you receive proper boat safety training, and regularly refresh your skills. Do not drink alcohol while piloting a boat, and always maintain safety equipment on your craft. If you have passengers in your boat, be careful to explain boating safety rules to them before you leave the dock.
Look Out for Others
If you are a responsible boat owner, have received the proper training and make sure to maintain your vessel, you may feel that you should not have to worry about boating accidents, but this is not true. Most boating accidents occur with an inexperienced operator of another vessel. It is important to be vigilant on the waters and pay attention to other boaters who may be driving recklessly. Report these instances to the proper authorities. It may just save a life.
If you have been the victim of a boating accident, Taylor Anderson Law Firm can help. Our office has the necessary experience to look into your case and explain your options. Contact us here or call (843) 277-1176 to schedule your consultation.
Posted on behalf of Taylor Anderson Law Firm