Posted on July 22, 2014

Are you thinking about going out on the Ohio River, Lake Cumberland, or another Kentucky river or lake this summer? Are you ready to enjoy the warm breeze, the companionship of your friends, and a relaxing day on the water?

Don’t Miss Out Because of Danger—But Do Be Prepared

While staying on shore is one way to avoid a deadly boat accident, it is not the only way. You shouldn’t have to miss out on this enjoyable pastime because you are afraid of a fatal accident. Instead, you should:

  • Be properly trained or make sure the operator of the boat is properly trained. Training is not only important to avoid accidents from occurring but also so that everyone knows what to do if an unexpected emergency occurs.
  • Go out on the right day. Bad weather can be a significant factor in boat accidents. Do not take a risk. If the weather is rainy, foggy, or otherwise questionable then wait for a better day.
  • Have a life jacket or other personal safety device accessible. This can save your life if you end up in the water.

It is also important to have an emergency plan. Be aware of your surroundings and know what to if an emergency occurs.

Know Your Rights If a Tragedy Occurs

Sometimes even the most diligent boater or the most careful boat passenger can be in an accident where a fatality is unavoidable. If your loved one has died then it is important to know your rights. It is important that your family doesn’t suffer financially in addition to your emotional suffering.

To find out more about your rights, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter and start an online chat with us today. We will help you understand your legal rights and make the decision that is best for your family during this difficult time.


Mark K. Gray
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Louisville attorney serving the seriously injured in Kentucky