Boating is a popular pastime in North Carolina and other coastal states. When safety is taken into consideration, boating can be a fantastic way to spend a summer afternoon. Unfortunately, accidents occur when people are distracted or otherwise engaged, and wonderful days enjoying the beautiful weather can quickly turn to tragedy. It can pay to know why boating accidents happen. Here are the four most common causes.
1. Lack of Operating Expertise
It is never a good idea to take chances with your boat, whether you are carrying passengers or not. The water tends to be busiest during summer, and not every boat captain has the experience to navigate the crowds. Always operate the boat defensively, assuming that those around you only get out on the water occasionally. If it is you that only sails now and again, pay close attention to what you are doing, avoiding distractions whenever you can.
2. Bad Weather
Always watch weather reports before you head out on the water for the day. Do not rely on the reports you saw last week or even yesterday. Many boaters have found themselves in trouble because of unexpected changes in the weather.
3. Speeding and Alcohol Use
Speeding in a boat can have just as dire consequences as speeding in a car. The same can be said for drinking and driving. In fact, drinking and boating can be even more dangerous. The soothing effects of the waves and the beating down of the sun can make the amount of alcohol it takes for you to become impaired even less.
4. Equipment Failure
You can’t always predict hen something on your boat will fail, but you will have a better idea if you perform routine maintenance. Additionally, perform a safety check before you go out each and every time. Make sure that all of the boat’s parts are in working order, and be sure to have safety equipment stashed on board.
Not every boating accident can be prevented, but those attributed to human causes certainly can. Take care to operate your boat safely and be sure that it is regularly maintained.
If you are involved in a boating accident in North Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation for property damage and injuries. Call our team of attorneys today for a free case evaluation. We will advise you of your options and assist you as you move forward. Call now.