You have a plan for the day. It involves fishing on the Ohio River, house boating on Lake Cumberland or otherwise enjoying the day on the water in Kentucky. It may involve an elaborate picnic, or a few snacks; it may involve a whole group of friends, or just a few of your closest buddies. It certainly does not include anyone being hurt or killed in a boating accident. However, in order to avoid such a tragic accident, it is important to have a more specific plan than that in place before you leave the dock.

Five Things to Include in Your Plan

Your plan should depend on your specific voyage. It may include things such as:

  • An alcohol policy. It is best if no one drinks while on board the boat. If you want to include alcohol in your day, the best policy is to have it when you return to dock.
  • Telling someone on shore when you expect to be back. That way if you are late, they can call for help if necessary.
  • How to call for help and a backup plan. Make sure you are always able to communicate with people on shore.
  • Having enough personal flotation devices, such as life jackets, for everyone on board. Also, making sure that everyone knows where they are and how to use them.
  • Checking your boat and equipment to make sure that it is working before leaving the dock.

It is important to communicate the details of this plan with everyone on board your vessel.

What If a Fatal Crash Happens Anyway?

Even the best plan may not prevent every unforeseen circumstance or tragedy. If your loved one has been killed while boating in Kentucky then it is important to understand your legal rights and possible recovery. If someone else’s negligent or intentional actions contributed to the crash then you might be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

To find out more about wrongful death lawsuits, please read our FREE report, Critical Information to Know Before Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Kentucky, and to find out more about your specific rights after your loved one’s death please contact us privately via this website or by phone.

 

Matthew L. White
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