Although boating accidents are not as common as car accidents, they can still be deadly and account for hundreds of fatalities every year. In Kentucky in 2007, over 70 accidents occurred, resulting in 13 fatalities; however, being safe and following basic boating laws can decrease your chances of injury.
A common cause of boating accident is a collision with another boat. Because water is much more open than a road, people think nobody would ever crash into them. This is untrue. Carelessness, insufficient driving skills and inattentiveness all cause crashes. Be alert in the water.
Unsafe weather and water conditions also contribute to boating accidents. Check weather conditions before you plan a boating trip. Winds and storms can cause a boat to capsize.
Alcohol is a major contributor to boating accidents. Many people like to party and have fun on their boat, but just like driving a car while drunk, driving a boat while drunk can cause harm to yourself and others.
Many fatal boating accidents involve drowning. Even the most experienced swimmers can get caught in a riptide and drown. Be sure everyone on the boat wears a life jacket for safety.
Contacting a Kentucky Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one was a victim of a boating accident, contact personal injury attorneys from the law firm of Gray & White. They understand the pain and suffering you’re facing and can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact them today at (502) 210-8942.