It seems that people do not take boating as seriously as they do driving.
Many people simply purchase a boat and start driving without having piloted
a water vessel before. The consumption of alcohol while boating is also
Experienced Newburgh boating accident attorneys know that whether boaters are on Alder Lake, Chodikee Lake, the Hudson
River, Lake Minnewaska, Onteora Lake, Rondout Creek, Upper Pond, the Walkill
River, or any other navigable body of water in and around the Ulster County
regions of New York, accident prevention safety practices are most important
to preventing injuries.
The number one killer in boating accidents is death by drowning. These
deaths are entirely preventable. First and foremost, keeping a proper
lookout and having more boating experience will prevent drowning. Making
sure that there are enough floatation devices on board is essential.
This is especially so on personal watercraft, open boats, and jet skis
because these types of watercraft are associated with more injuries as
compared to other types of watercraft.
Being properly trained to pilot a boat and having adequate safety equipment
is a good start to preventing
boating accident injuries and death. But more can and should be done.
Being in the right state of mind is just as important as having floatation
devices. Boating is about enjoying the water, nature, and time with friends
and family. It is also about getting back to land safe and sound. Having
the right state of mind prevents boating accidents.
The right state of mind involves operating the craft at a reasonable speed
under the circumstances. The craft should not be overloaded with too many
passengers as well. Boating drunk should never be done. Know the law and
understand that an eight-hour safety course is required before anyone
operates a personal water craft in New York.
Having the right boating mindset also involves an appreciation for the
dangers of water recreation and understanding that boats handle much differently
than cars. Turning, accelerating, and especially stopping is much more
difficult on a boat. If done incorrectly, a boat passenger can be ejected
from the craft.
Since seatbelts are not a normal feature on watercraft, passengers are
vulnerable to ejection if there is a collision with another vessel or
underwater object. Passengers unable to swim, or with poor swimming skills
are vulnerable to drowning if not wearing a life jacket.
Learn more about how warm weather and long weekends create increased risk
for injury or death in
our latest article posted here. Read more about motorcycle accidents in nice weather in
our blog post here. Learn more about injuries caused by warm weather sports in
our blog posted here. Read about car accidents caused by drunk drivers in
our blog posted here.
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