A Quick Safety Check Can Prevent Many Florida Boating Accidents

by Carmen Dellutri on August 3, 2012

Cape Coral boat accident lawyerIn the wake of the deadly boating accident in New York over the Fourth of July weekend, many are still asking if the accident could have been prevented. While the investigation is still ongoing, it appears that the boat was severely overloaded.

To prevent a similar accident here in Florida, it is imperative to conduct a thorough safety check every time you head out on the water. This means making sure that the number of passengers does not exceed the capacity of the boat as well as the number of available life jackets.

The U.S. Coat Guard urges boaters to conduct the following safety checks:

  • Check the operating condition of your boat: motor, steering, battery, hoses, clamps, bilge pumps, wiring, fuel tanks, lines, float switches, and lights.
  • Make sure you have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket of correct size and type for you and every passenger (and, on the water, make sure they are worn, not just stowed).
  • If your boat is greater than 16-feet in length, be sure you also have a Coast Guard-approved throwable flotation device, i.e. buoyant cushion, ring buoy, or horseshoe buoy (kayaks and canoes are exempted from this requirement).
  • Check for other safety equipment appropriate to the size of your boat and the area where it will be operating; for example, flashlight, tool kit, first-aid kit and sunscreen, paddles, oars, binoculars, anchor and anchor line, fire extinguisher, spare battery, visual distress signals, charts of the local area, and a VHF-FM marine radio.
  • Check the capacity plate (if affixed to the hull) or calculate the maximum load to make sure you don’t overload the boat with passengers and gear.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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