Summer boating season is in full swing, and it’s important to remember
that accidents can occur if you aren’t careful. There are many situations
that can cause boating
injuries, but some are far more common than others. Learn how to avoid injuries
and stay safe by knowing the most frequent causes of
Distracted or inattentive operators. If you are operating a boat, you must stay vigilant and monitor your vessel,
as well as your surroundings, weather, and other hazards. Conditions on
the water can be difficult to predict, so it is important to be alert
for early warning signs.
Lacking a proper lookout. A lookout is a crew member who serves to warn the operator of hazards.
Serving as a second set of eyes, the lookout should be continuously checking
the water and surroundings for potential dangers, and warning the operator
of the boat.
Inexperienced crew. The crew of the boat is any individuals who participate in the operation
of the boat. If the crew lacks experience, it can be easy to wind up in
dangerous conditions. The crew should be well versed in boating regulations,
be familiar with their vessel, and be prepared to handle any emergencies
that may arise.
Speeding. Operating boats at higher speeds can result in collisions with other boats,
running aground, or other accidents. Maintaining lower speeds can give
you adequate time to react to situations and can prevent injuries.
Operating boats while the intoxicated. Just as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal, boating
while intoxicated can also result in criminal charges. In Texas, boat
operators may not have a blood alcohol content level over 0.08, which
is also the legal limit for automobile drivers.
Equipment failure. At best, equipment failure can leave you floating while repairs are made
or rescue comes. At worst, these failures can result in deadly accidents.
Always thoroughly inspect your vessel for damage before operation.
Breaking navigation regulations. Boat operators must follow navigation rules, just as drivers must follow
traffic laws. Navigation regulations are meant to prevent accidents and
manage boating traffic on the water. Failure to obey these rules can result
in collisions or running aground.
Dangerous waters. Conditions on the water can change in minutes. While not all dangers can
be anticipated, operators should be aware of their surroundings and able
to make decisions based on what they observe. Operators should always
heed weather warnings.
Large waves or strong wakes. The water can overpower small boats, and larger boats or boats traveling
quickly can create wakes that can make navigation difficult for other
boats. Disturbances in the water should be avoided, as well as prevented,
Avoiding these common causes of boating accidents can help keep you safe,
but not every boat operator may be as careful. If you were injured in
an accident with a negligent boater, you should seek the help of our Austin
personal injury attorneys at
Komie & Morrow, LLP. Our
team strives to provide caring, one-on-one client service. We have over 50
years of collective legal experience, and we have the knowledge and skill
to effectively fight for your right to compensation.
Don’t hesitate to
contact our offices. Call Komie & Morrow, LLP today at (512) 640-2050.