How To Minimize the Chances of a Boating Accident
This year was one of the most popular years for boating in Tennessee, with thousands of vessels on the water around the Nashville area. Unfortunately, with an increase in the number of boats also comes an increase in the number of boating accidents. Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to minimize the chances of being involved in an accident on the water and getting injured while enjoying a fun day boating. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates have helped many clients who have suffered injuries in boating accidents get the compensation they deserve. Call or contact the office today to schedule a free evaluation of your case.
Engage in Safe Vessel Operation
The first way to minimize the chances of being injured in a boating accident is to engage in safe vessel operation. The operator of your boat should take an accredited boat safety course before getting on the water. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, around ninety percent of fatal boating accidents nationwide happen with vessels where the boat operator had not received safety training. The boat operator should also drive the vessel sober and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol consumption by boat operators is the leading contributing cause of fatal accidents while on the water.
Safety Equipment Checks
Checking the safety equipment for the boat can also help minimize the chances of an accident or injuries while boating. Be sure there is enough safety equipment on board before getting on the water. This includes life jackets, flotation devices, first-aid kit, and emergency supplies. The vessel should also have boat lights, an anchor, and a fire extinguisher on board. You should also check the quality of the safety gear and ensure that it is all in proper, working order. Safety equipment failure causes hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths every year.
Adhere to Boating Rules
Finally, be sure to adhere to all boating and navigation rules on the body of water. Just like the rules of the road, there are also rules when on the water. This includes maintaining a safe speed, adhering to no wake zones, and more. This is a particularly important detail in boating accidents, as failure to obey boating rules can lead to accusations of fault by the insurance companies. This can put your compensation at risk in Tennessee, where the modified comparative fault rule means that an injured party only needs to be found 50 percent at fault in order to ban them from collecting any damages for their injuries. Talk to an experienced boating accident attorney to learn more.
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Have you or a loved one been injured in a boating accident in the Nashville area? If so, call the office or contact us today at the law office of Mitch Grissim & Associates to speak with one of our knowledgeable Nashville personal injury attorneys and schedule a free consultation of your case.