In the summer, many Minnesotans can be found boating somewhere in the land of 10,000 lakes. While boating can be a fun activity to enjoy, it can also be dangerous. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 2,724 boating accidents occurred in 2017 resulting in 384 deaths. The top five accident types are:
- Collision with recreational vessel
- Collision with fixed object
- Falls overboard
These types of accidents can be caused by the inattention or inexperience of the operator. More commonly these accidents are caused by the recklessness of the operator, such as driving at excessive speeds or boating under the influence (BUI). In order to be a safe operator or passenger on a boat, it’s important to know the safety rules and regulations for boating.
Kalkomey, a boat education course, says there are three responsibilities for every boater to follow:
- Practice good seamanship.
- Keep a proper lookout.
- Maintain a safe speed.
These responsibilities are in place to prevent boating accidents from happening. Because the water does not have streets to follow, it is much more common for boats to cross paths. Operators need to be cautious and aware of other boats on the water.
If you or a loved one was injured in a serious boating accident, contact GoldenbergLaw for a free case evaluation. We have over 30 years of experience in personal injury accidents. Call us. There’s no fee unless we recover.
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