If you plan on taking your boat out to one of Louisiana’s numerous bodies of water this summer, it is important to take your personal safety into consideration. Keep in mind, a Louisiana man recently died while boating along the Cane River after hitting another boat. Boating accidents can happen without warning, so it is important to undertake certain precautions while boating.
Always carry the proper equipment: Never go boating without the proper equipment, such as lifejackets, flares, first aid kits, fire extinguishers and mobile phones. If you are planning trips into the Gulf of Mexico (or any large body of water), always carry a VHF radio. VHF radios offer up-to-date information on weather changes.
Always wear a life jacket: Lifejackets can protect you in the event you are thrown overboard. Stormy weather, rogue waves and hitting other objects can cause you to fall off of your boat.
Conduct regular boat inspections: Equipment on boats can break down and lose effectiveness after extensive use. Some places in Louisiana, such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary group in New Orleans, offer free boat inspections. Make sure your boat is in working order before setting out on a trip.
Take safety courses: Boating safety courses can provide tips on choosing boats, hulls and motors. These courses can also teach you state laws and equipment requirements. If you decide to take a boating safety course, you might also learn how to use equipment that can save your life during an emergency.
Be responsible: Never operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Also, plan your boating trip ahead of time so you are aware of potentially dangerous conditions.
Boating Accidents Have Permanent Consequences
Boating accidents can be fatal and may cause catastrophic injuries. There are news reports every year of people who were caught off-guard by emergencies and other hazards. If you carry the correct equipment, conduct regular inspections and boat responsibly, you might reduce your chances of being involved in an accident.
The Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat encourage safe and responsible boating.