Search Site
Menu
10 TIPS FOR PREVENTING BOATING ACCIDENTS.

SUMMER TIME ON THE GULF COAST – here’s 10 tips for preventing boating accidents!

  1. Don’t drink and boat! Drinking and boating can dramatically increase the odds that you’ll be injured. Boating under the influence increases the odds of a boating fatality by 34 percent, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. It’s also against the law.
  2. Don’t turn down your emergency radio. This lesson comes from a real-life tragedy: The owners of a Philadelphia duck boat settled a wrongful death suit for $15 million after two tourists were killed in a crash. The boat’s first mate had turned down his emergency radio and missed crash warnings.
  3. Don’t speed. In most states, including Texas, you can be cited for excessive speed while boating.
  4. Make sure your boat is properly maintained. Make sure your boat is in good working order before you take it out on the water with passengers. If someone is injured or killed as a result of shoddy maintenance, you (or the owners of the boat that you rented) could be sued for negligence.
  5. If you’re renting a boat, read your liability waiver carefully. If you are renting a boat, you’re likely to be asked to sign a liability waiver. Whether or not you actually read it, you’ll probably be bound by it if anything goes wrong. Make sure you know what you’re agreeing to.
  6. Know the law about life jackets. Even in states with no life jacket laws, the U.S. Coast Guard requires that children under 13 on moving boats wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, according to the BoatUS Foundation.
  7. Don’t overload your boat. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds boaters that overloading your boat with gear or taking on too many passengers may increase the risk of capsizing or swamping. All boats have weight capacities that should be posted near the operator’s position.
  8. Know what to do in case of an emergency. The American Boating Association recommends that you “know before you go” when it comes to boating safety. Along with making sure your safety equipment is in good working order, make sure you know how to use it. They also recommend having a free vessel safety check performed by a qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Examiner.
  9. Watch the weather. Although boat safety and communications technology has come a long way, if you get caught out on the water in rough weather, you may be risking your life.
  10. Take a boating safety course. The best way to ensure that you know the safest procedures for operating a boat is to take a boating safety course — or to retake such a course, if it’s been a while. A list of available courses can be found at the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Resource Center. SOURCE: FINDLAW/BLOGS

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE DO GET IN A BOATING ACCIDENT, OUR FIRM CAN HELP. DON’T DELAY, CALL TODAY – 228.467.0177.

Contact us

Please fill out the form below and one of our attorneys will contact you.

Quick Contact Form

Our Office
  • Bay St. Louis Office
    125 Main Street
    Suite E
    Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 39520
    Phone: 228-467-0177
    Fax: 228-467-4541
Testimonials
  • "Professional, Accessible, Bull Dog in Court Mrs. Farrell was awesome attorney and helped me get a HUGE verdict! Thank you Mrs. Farrell and Darcy "  -client

  • ""Thank you so much for your hard work in court today. If I didn't have you as my attorney I wouldn't know what I would do. You are the best!!!!!!!! I highly recommend you to anyone who needs the best attorney in Mississippi !!!!!! I am truly blessed." "  -client

  • "I have had the opportunity to have Ms Farrell in my court room on numerous occasions. She is an extremely well prepared and professional attorney! As a judge, I would certainly say that she would represent her clients with professionalism and distinction!"  -judge

  • "Ms. Becky is an awesome attorney! She is very professional, intelligent, and caring! I'm blessed to have her as my attorney! And Ms. Darcy is an angel!"  -client

  • "Ms Farrell was extremely pleasant to work with. She was very compassionate during a difficult time in my life. She laid out a clear path to follow to achieve the outcome I was looking for. Thank you Becky for your advice and counsel. We are extremely grateful !"  -client

Free background information available upon request