Year-round, tourists flock to our beautiful Florida beaches to enjoy the sand and surf. Even residents that live here all of the time enjoy taking their boats out on the ocean for sport and recreation. While summertime is the most popular time for people to use their boats, boating accidents can occur any time of the year. It is important that everyone on the water is aware of the dangers associated with boating and how to prevent a personal injury this year.
Unfortunately, boating accidents occur more often than many people thing, and Florida is one of the states with the highest instances of accidents. Of course, Florida also has the highest number of boaters in the entire country, which makes it even more important for our boat drivers to take extra precautions on the water.
In order to prevent a boating accident from occurring, follow these tips:
- Avoid boating under the influence. Like alcohol can affect your ability to safely operate a car or other motor vehicle, driving a boat impaired can result in life-changing consequences.
- Stay within the posted speed limits, and if no limits are posted, stay within a reasonable speed for what would be safe to avoid injuring people or property.
- Keep your boat well-maintained and stay updated on repairs.
- Continuously monitor weather and water conditions throughout the day. This can help prevent your vessel from being stuck in hazardous waters.
- The best way to avoid overloading your boat is to make sure not to add too many people or equipment since this increases the chances of capsizing.
- Keep life jackets on board and require that everyone on the boat use these devices at all times.
- Take a boating safety class every year to remain updated on the latest boating safety technique so you can be prepared in the event of an accident.
What is the Best Way to Avoid Overloading Your Boat?
The best way to avoid overloading your boat is to not overload your boat's max weight capacity. To determine this number look on the capacity plate or use the formula "number of passengers = boat length x boat width / 15." Additionally, you should always distribute weight evenly and avoid overpowering your boat.
Injured? Get Started on Your Case Today
Boating is one of the best ways to spend time in the sun in Florida this summer, but can quickly become dangerous if proper steps are not taken to ensure your safety and the safety of all passengers on board the ship. If you or a loved one is injured in a boating accident, you have the dedicated team of Tampa attorneys at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law by your side. With over 30 years of combined experience, we can work with you to ensure that your rights are protected during this time. Speak with us in a free consultation today!