Boating is a fun summertime activity, but it's not without risks. Every year, thousands of accidents are reported across the country to the U.S. Coast Guard, many of which resulted in significant property damage, serious injuries, and even death. If you're planning to spend time on the waters of Lake Mead this summer, here are five steps you can take to avoid boating accidents, brought to you by the Las Vegas accident attorneys of GGRM Law Firm.
1. Check the Weather
Weather conditions can change rapidly. If a storm suddenly strikes when you're out boating, you might find yourself trapped in the middle of the lake with no easy route to safety. Always check the weather before heading out on the water and stay alert throughout your excursion.
2. Keep in Touch
Any time you go out on a boat, you should let someone else know about it. Give them all of the details, such as where you are going and how long you plan to be out on the water – just like you would do when going on vacation. Make a plan to touch base with them at regular intervals to let them know you are safe and update them if your plans have changed.
3. Wear Your Lifejacket
Anyone who is going out on a boat should be comfortable in the water and know how to swim. Although the plan is usually to stay dry, you should always be prepared to tackle the worst case scenario.
However, one common mistake people make is putting too much faith in their swimming abilities. Even the most experienced swimmers may face unexpected obstacles that can affect their ability to swim to shore, including injuries, fatigue, cramps, or being knocked unconscious. Just like a seatbelt can protect you in a car accident, a lifejacket can mean the difference between life and death in a boating accident.
4. Don't Drink and Boat
Most people know the dangers of drinking and driving, but you might be surprised to learn that alcohol is one of the leading factors in boating fatalities. No matter what you're doing, alcohol impairs your judgement, coordination, and balance. These effects are magnified when spending time outdoors in the heat and sun. Stay safe out on the water and save the cold beers until your boating trip is over.
5. Know How to Operate Your Boat
According to a 2015 study, in over 70% of boating accidents, the operator had not received proper instruction on how to operate the boat. It is important to understand how to properly and safely operate the boat before setting sail. Taking a few boating courses can help you understand the waters.
Contact the Las Vegas Accident Attorneys of GGRM
After being injured in a boating accident, GGRM's Las Vegas accident attorneys can provide you with the advice and support you need. Give our Las Vegas accident attorneys a call today at 702-388-4476 so we can set up your free consultation.