National Safety Month is an observance held by the National Safety Council (NSC) each June. With the summer recreation season now in full swing, the personal injury attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm offer advice to keep boaters safe as they enjoy the waterways of Connecticut.
About the Numbers
According to the NSC, there are over 11 million recreational watercrafts registered nationwide. Unfortunately, the U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,291 boating incidents in the U.S. in 2017 alone. These incidents resulted in 2,629 injuries and 658 fatalities.
Before operating any kind of boat, familiarize yourself with the boating laws and regulations which apply to the specific state you would like to operate the boat in.
In Connecticut, to legally operate any boat with an engine, you will need a Safe Boating Certificate (SBC), a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO), or a valid vessel operator license issued by the United States Coast Guard. To learn more about how to obtain these certificates or a valid operator license, visit CT.gov’s site.
Wear Life Jackets
Drowning was the reported cause of death in 78% of all boating fatalities – and 84.5% of drowning victims in recreational boating accidents were not wearing a life jacket in 2017.
While regulations on life jacket use vary by state, boating safety advocates recommend all boaters and passengers wear a life jacket at all times while boating. The right life jacket will always:
- Fit to the user’s size and weight
- Offer a safe and secure fastener
- Avoid riding up over chin or face
Practice Good Judgement
The most vital piece of safety equipment of any boat is the operator. It is equally important they know what to do as it is they understand what to avoid. Stay sharp and avoid the following:
- Alcohol/Drugs: Keep your reflexes, reaction time, and mind sharp.
- Bad Weather: Changing conditions can quickly ruin a great day out.
- High Speeds: Speeding can get you in trouble and cause accidents.
- Inattention: Keep your focus on the craft no matter what happens.
- Inexperience: Make sure you are prepared and know the rules of the water.
- Poor Maintenance: Keep the boat well-maintained and perform all necessary repairs..
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to the negligence or carelessness of others, you need an experienced Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyer at your side. Let Carter Mario Law Firm protect your rights—and fight to secure full, fair compensation for your losses. Just call 203-701-7144 today. You can also submit a FREE Initial Consultation Form online.
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