The pandemic has led to many people deciding to stick close to home during the summer for vacation. Some of them are heading out on area waterways to escape the heat. Whether you are a relatively new boat owner or an experienced watercraft operator, there are some crucial safety tips that you should keep in mind to help you avoid the potential of being involved in a boating accident.
Never drink and drive
Like with the operation of motor vehicles, Virginia has laws in place regarding intoxicated boating. Drivers who have a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher could potentially be charged with a crime. Additionally, alcohol can impact a person’s ability to react to challenges they may encounter when operating a boat, and may result in the inability to avoid an object or other boat in the water. This could lead to serious injuries or possibly even death for those on board.
Make sure to wear a life jacket
You may be the safest boater on the water. You may follow every single boating law to the letter, and do everything perfect. Unfortunately, you cannot control what other boat owners may do. They may put you or your loved ones in a situation where you have to leave your boat, or you may become incapacitated in an accident. Having a life jacket on can help you avoid drowning after a collision.
Know the limitations of your boat
It’s exciting to be out on the open water. Before you go, be sure that you know what you can expect out of your watercraft. Know how fast you can safely go, as well as the number of people you can have on board. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with your boat and how it operates can save you valuable time if you find yourself in a suddenly dangerous situation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, reach out to an experienced attorney to learn more about your options.