There were more boating accidents in Florida last year than any other state. A part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s mission is to reduce the number of boating accidents in the state. To this end, the FWC is committed to educate and provide resources to help Florida boaters stay safe and reduce boating accidents. The FWC offers the following tips to prevent a life threatening boating accident.
Pay attention: Most boating accidents occur because the operator is not paying attention. Focus on what is happening around the whole boat.
Wear a life jacket: It doesn’t matter if you are a good swimmer. A boating accident that throws you in the water can injure you and render you unconscious. Wearing life jackets saves lives. In fact, most drowning victim where described as “good swimmers”.
Stay sober: Operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only illegal but impairs judgment and reaction time. This causes boating accidents.
Check the weather forecast: Bad weather can occur quickly in Florida and storms can be dangerous. Know the weather forecast and plan you boating outing accordingly.
Carry a charged cell phone: Anything can happen so having a phone makes sense. You can also let loved ones at home and friends know if you are going to be later than anticipated.
Don’t take your maiden voyage on a busy holiday weekend: Those who have never operated a boat or personal watercraft, Jet Ski, Sea Doo, Wave Runner should not make a holiday weekend their first attempt. Crowded boating areas make the experience more difficult and more dangerous.
File a float plan: Let someone on land know where you are going and when you plan to return. If you’re late, officials can be notified and will know where to start looking for you. The quicker officials know there is a problem and begin a search, the better the changes you will be rescued.
Know the boating rules before you get on the water: Boating has rules like driving. These are very importation for your safety and the safety of your guests. You can learn the rules at MyFWC.com/Boating.
If you or a loved one was injured on a boat and would like more information, please contact our Florida boating accident attorneys. The Florida boat accident attorneys at the law firm of Brais & Brais have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. To reach our lawyers you may call 1-800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype BraisLaw worldwide or click Contact Us to select and complete a form for a free evaluation of your case.