Now that spring is officially here and the weather is warming up, many of us are looking forward to spending some time on the water. And that means it's a great time to brush up on boat safety.
#1: Be Prepared Before You Set Sail
It's important to make sure you've got everything you need — and that your boat is in tip-top shape — before you leave the shore. Create a pre-departure checklist, and check it every time before you set sail. This will help prevent emergencies and make sure you're prepared in the event you're facing one.
#2: Check the Weather
That may sound like common sense, but, as we all know, the weather can change in the drop of a hat in the Midwest. What might start out as a perfect sunny day can quickly morph into a stormy situation — and that spells danger for anyone on a boat.
#3: Take Safety Precautions
Don't take chances — wear a lifejacket, and enforce that rule for everyone on board. Even strong swimmers can struggle in choppy or cold waters.
Speaking of strong swimmers, it's a good idea to take swim lessons and to make sure at least one person on your boat is certified in CPR and rescue breathing.
Lastly, make sure your boat has all the proper lifesaving equipment — personal floatation devices, fire extinguishers, sound-making devices, etc.
Compensation for Boating Accidents
Unfortunately, not everyone follows the precautions above, and the U.S. Coast Guard reports that there are about 4,000 boating accidents every year.
If you or your loved ones are injured in a boating accident as a result of negligence or incompetence, you have options — and Presley & Presley can help.
We understand the complexity of recreational accidents, and we know how to examine the factors and build a case to get you the compensation you deserve. Give us a call today at 816-931-4611 or toll free at 855-931-4611.