What Your Family Needs to Know About Boat Accidents and Safety

boatingSummers in North Dakota and Minnesota would not be complete without weekends spent at the lake. Fishing, having bonfires, skiing, wakeboarding, and swimming – these are all possible summer activities in the area. But what do you do when an accident happens, especially one with the boat?

Over 230 Minnesota residents have died since the year 2000 in boating-related injuries. While the numbers of boating-related fatalities have been decreasing, it is still important to know safety tips while boating to avoid damage, injury, and potentially death.

Drunk Boating

While the importance of not drinking and driving a car is common knowledge, it is also illegal to drive and operate a boat. Boating under the influence can lead to hefty fines, revocation of boating privileges, and possible jail time. From rowboats to large ships, it is illegal in every state to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol.

Personal Floatation Devices

In the unfortunate event that someone falls into the water or the boat capsizes, it is important to have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each passenger. Wearing a life jacket can save lives and prevent injury in the event of an accident.

Watch the Weather

Heavy rain, strong winds, and lightning can all cause accidents while boating. Be conscious of changes, regardless of the season, and bring a radio in case of sudden shifts in the weather. If bad weather is approaching, get off the water as soon as possible.

Know your Rights in Boating Accidents

Just like car accidents, boating accidents can be costly and cause many injuries. If you or someone you know has been in a boating accident, contact the experienced attorneys at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss. Our knowledge of your rights in accidents can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries or damaged property.

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