Recently, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries offered free boating safety courses. Per KATC-TV, the courses were part of a national campaign called Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course.
In Louisiana, boating safety courses are required for anyone who was born after January 1, 1984 who operates a vessel over 10 horsepower. According to US Coast Guard statistics, in the case of fatal boat crashes where the boater education level of the operators involved was known, 80 percent involved someone operating a boat who had not taken a boating safety course.
Boating Safety Tips
The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) Discover Boating website features boating safety tips:
- Avoid drinking alcohol before or while you are operating a boat
- Learn how to swim before you operate or even ride in a boat
- Make sure that you and everyone on the boat uses a proper fitting lifejacket
- Check the weather before you head out on the water to ensure that it will be safe
- Take a boating safety course
Victims of boating accidents that happen because of the negligence of another boat operator or a product defect involving the vessel, may be able to bring those responsible to justice through a personal injury or product liability lawsuit, including securing financial help to cover hospital bills, loss of income, rehabilitation expenses and funeral costs.
The Lafayette personal injury lawyers at Galloway Jefcoat have years of experience successfully holding negligent boat operators and their insurance providers accountable.