It’s Time to Celebrate National Safe Boating Week
As boating season kicks off it is important that everyone remembers to stay safe while boating. This year we celebrate boating safety with National Safe Boating Week from May 22 through May 28. In recognition of National Safe Boating Week, we are going to go over boating safety facts and our top safe boating tips.
We hope National Safe Boating Week helps you safely enjoy the water. If you are injured in a boat accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you win your boat accident case. Insurance companies are not motivated to pay you significant compensation. You need an experienced Las Vegas boat accident lawyer to fight for your rights. Our boat accident lawyers offer decades of experience, plus the knowledge and expertise you need to receive the compensation you deserve for your boat accident injuries. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to schedule a free consultation.
Recreational Boating Safety Statistics
When you think of boating, you may think of the cool water whipping across your skin while you feel the sun warm your face. Perhaps you envision yourself on water skis or a wakeboard. You may not be thinking of the dangers of recreational boating. However, boating safety statistics about the dangers of recreational boating remind us why boating safety week is so important. The following information is from the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2019 Recreational Boating Safety Statistics.
- In 79 percent of all boating fatalities, drowning was reported as the cause of death. Approximately 86 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
- In 2019, the Coast Guard counted 4,168 accidents. These accidents involved 613 deaths, 2,559 injuries, and approximately $55 million dollars of damage to property.
- The fatality rate was 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
- Only 20 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction.
- The top five primary contributing factors in accidents are the following: operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol.
- Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. Where the primary cause was known, alcohol was listed as the leading factor in 23 percent of deaths.
If a boating accident injures you, you should seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers can help you protect your rights and help you get the personal injury settlement that you deserve. We understand that you may be nervous upon meeting your Las Vegas personal injury lawyer for the first time. Our lawyers are friendly and knowledgeable and will put you at ease as you describe the details of your accident case. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Recreational Boating Safety Tips
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable time boating. We do not want you to become one of the above boating statistics. Use the below boating safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe on the water.
Have Accessible Personal Flotation Devices
In Nevada, all vessels must be equipped with United States Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices. If you are operating the boat you should make sure that the quantity and type of personal flotation devices match the following:
- The number of people on board
- The length of your vessel
You should also ensure that each personal flotation device is:
- In good condition
- The proper size for the intended wearer
- Readily accessible
Under Nevada Revised Statute 488.193, a personal flotation device is readily accessible for use in an emergency if it is either:
- Being worn
- Stowed where it is quickly reachable and is
- Ready to wear
- Out of its original packaging
- Not under lock and key
Be Prepared for Fire
It seems odd to think about fire on the open water, but boat fires do happen. Following the law can help you prepare for a fire. Nevada Revised Statute 488.193(3) provides the following;
- Every motorboat must be provided with such number, size, and type of fire extinguishers, capable of promptly and effectually extinguishing burning gasoline, as may be prescribed by the regulations of the Commission.
- The fire extinguishers must be of a marine type that has been approved by the United States Coast Guard and kept in condition for immediate and effective use and so placed as to be readily accessible.
Always boat sober. Especially if you are in control of the boat. Not only is boating under the influence dangerous, but it is also illegal. Nevada law prohibits operating a vessel while impaired. This includes alcohol and other prohibited substances. For the complete text, see Nevada Revised Statute 488.410.
Check the Weather Forecast
Boats are susceptible to the elements, especially storms. That is why you should also check the weather forecast before going out on the water. If a storm breaks while you are out, you should immediately seek shelter. You can look for a protected cove or other safe areas to wait until the storm passes. You should also seek shelter when there is lightning. Lightning is extremely dangerous on open water.
Boating can involve a great deal of distractions. Unfortunately, these distractions can lead to accidents. In 2019, nearly a quarter of all reported boating accidents were caused by operator inattention or improper lookout. If you are operating the boat, you need to avoid all distractions including your cell phone, the radio, and noisy passengers.
Take a Boating Safety Course
A boating safety course is a great way to learn how to stay safe on the water. In Nevada, boaters born on or after January 1, 1983, must complete a Nevada Department of Wildlife approved boater education course. They must do this before operating a boat on Nevada’s interstate waters.
Know the Law
You are responsible for knowing the law in the state you are boating. Knowing the law helps to keep everyone safe. If you are boating in Nevada, review the Handbook of Nevada Boating Laws.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
National Safe Boating Week is a great time to focus on boating safety. We hope the above boating safety tips help you stay safe on the water. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers understands that a boat accident can injure the most cautious individual. If another boater has injured you, it’s important that you seek experienced legal representation. Our boat accident lawyers serve the Las Vegas area with the knowledge and expertise to help you gain maximum compensation for your injuries. Don’t delay: get in touch with our Las Vegas boat accident lawyers, so we can begin pursuing significant compensation for you. If you cannot visit our Las Vegas area office, we can come to you to discuss your boat accident case.
When we say we offer the experience you need, we mean over 25 years of experience specializing in personal injury claims, including Las Vegas boat accidents. This is the level of experience you need to win your boat accident case. Don’t wait. Now is the best time to schedule your appointment with us to discuss the details about your Las Vegas area boat accident. There is no obligation. Have our boat accident lawyers examine the facts and learn about your case. See why our Las Vegas lawyers give you the best opportunity to win significant compensation. Call our personal injury lawyers now at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.