Boating Safety

Pools are now officially open, and recreational water vehicles are out of storage. We’ve discussed pool safety; now let’s look at boating safety.

It is a fun time of year to be outside enjoying boating fishing and other water sports, but it is also wise to know what your liability may be if you are in a boating accident.

If you’re injured on a motorboat or sailboat, you must be able to prove that your injuries resulted from someone else’s negligence in order to recover damages. To better explain how a negligence claim works, it helps to look at the main types of boating accidents.

Pleasure boating accident types:

  • your boat hits another boat
  • your boat hits another boat’s wake
  • your boat hits a wave
  • your boat hits a rock


In a collision with two boats, both drivers are usually partly at fault, which means you could have a case against both drivers.

When your boat hits a big wave, there are several factors that may be considered in determining whether or not the driver is at fault, such as: speed, visibility, the size of the wake, and the type of boat.

A wave accident is similar to a wake accident, and some of the same criteria may be used in determining fault.

A collision with a submerged object, such as a rock, may be the driver’s fault only if they are determined to have been negligent. For example, speeding in foggy weather without GPS is considered negligent.

Just like a car accident, if you’re injured in a boating accident where the driver is deemed negligent, you are entitled to damages for your injuries.

Always make sure that everyone on your boat has a life jacket and a seat for every body. You can be ticketed for having too many people in your boat.

Have a happy and safe summer on the water!

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