How to Avoid Boating Accidents around St Petersburg

January 24, 2014

Boating Accidents

avoid boating accidentThe waterways around St Petersburg offer boaters with a wide range of great opportunities for recreation and exploring our area.

However, it only takes a moment of neglect or inattention to cause a boating accident that results in serious injury.

Thankfully, there are some simple ways to avoid St Petersburg boating accidents that we can all put into practice to improve the safety of our waterways.

Have experienced operators at the helm

Operator inexperience is a major problem when it comes to boat safety and is responsible for far too many boating accidents. Whether you own a boat or are renting one for a single outing, be sure that you have a solid understanding of boat safety and how to safely operate your particular vessel before heading for open waters.

Stay informed about changing weather conditions

Weather conditions can be particularly unpredictable in our area. All too many boaters put themselves in harm’s way by failing to keep track of changing weather conditions and to react accordingly to these changes. If it appears that inclement weather may lead to dangerous conditions on the water, play it safe and head for shore.

Act responsibly

It is the duty of the operator of the boat to pay attention to what matters when he or she is on open water. Don’t let your fellow passengers or other distractions like nearby vessels keep you from safely operating your boat. Operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, so stay sober and do not allow passengers to overindulge themselves.

Similarly, ensure that your passenger are acting safely and not putting themselves in harm’s way. Passengers should avoid sitting in unsafe areas and engaging in reckless behavior while they are aboard.

Have you been hurt in a boating accident in our area? Call our St Petersburg boating accident lawyers today at 727-472-4021.

The personal injury lawyers of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been serving injured victims for more than 25 years. Call our injury law team today at 727-472-4021 for a free case evaluation to find out how we may be able to help you.

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