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As the Fourth of July is one of the first summer holidays that people get to enjoy the warm weather, many people are excited to take their boats out on the water. This can be a nice way to spend your time celebrating with loved ones. While this is true, like any other type of vehicle, it is important to be careful when operating it or even just being around it. It is because of this that our firm compiled a list of boat safety tips to remember for the upcoming holiday weekend. Continue reading below to learn more.

Tips for Boat Safety

When preparing to set out on the water, it can be tempting to simply hop on the boat and set sail. However, one of the most important parts of owning a boat is taking care of it. This includes the preparation it entails to be taken out on the water. The following steps are important to implement before setting off to ensure an accident does not take place:

  • Make sure the anchor is attached to the boat and has enough ground tackle
  • Always be sure there are working flares and life jackets on-board
  • Keep your registration decal up-to-date
  • Never set out on the water if there are serious scrapes on the hull
  • If the boat is taking on water, do not take it out and be sure to have it repaired as soon as possible
  • Be sure there are no leaks in any through-hull connections 
  • Make sure the boat’s propeller is working properly 
  • Never leave without making sure you have the boat’s Certificate of Number, the vessel registration, an accident report form, an operating manual for the radio and engine, the contact information of the owner, and your marine towing membership card.

What do I do if I’m Injured in a Boat Accident?

Boating accidents can often have devastating outcomes. It is because of this that individuals who were harmed in a boating accident due to another boater’s negligence, they may be able to recover financial compensation. In order to do so, the injured party must hire an experienced personal injury attorney who can help to gather the proper evidence to effectively prove negligence took place and directly caused their injuries. Evidence that can be helpful to do so can include medical documentation of the injuries, picture or videos of the boat and the accident, any witness statements, and more. 

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City personal injury accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.

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