Common Boating Don'ts: What Not to Do on the Water
If you’re planning to take the boat out to Lucky Peak State Park or Arrowrock Dam and Reservoir, you’ll need to abide by the boating rules of Boise. If not, you could face fines and penalties. Unfortunately, many boaters are unaware of the boating restrictions and guidelines, and become seriously injured or worse.
In addition to not knowing the boating regulations, accidents are caused by a variety of other reasons, including inexperience, alcohol use, and unfamiliarity with the vessel. Some of the most common types of injuries are related to the propeller, hitting one’s head on the boat, becoming struck by a boat, and falling into the water and not knowing how to swim.
Knowing the Regulations Could Keep You Safe
Although some regulations are state-wide, some only pertain to Ada County. Here are some of the boating don'ts for Boise:
- Don’t bowride. Sitting on the side, bow, engine cover, transom, or any other spot that is not designated for sitting greatly increases the risk of accident and injury. Ada County sheriffs will likely give boat drivers negligent operation citations if they allow passengers to sit in these locations while the boat is in motion—particularly if anyone is on the bow.
- Don’t forget to put on a life jacket. Passengers age 14 and under are required to wear life jackets when riding on vessels that are 19-feet long or longer. However, everyone on a boat should wear a vest to be safe. If you hit your head and are knocked unconscious and fall into the water, a life jacket could prevent you from drowning.
When You’re Injured in a Boating Accident
Although you may follow the boating regulations, not all boaters will—which could cause you to become injured in an accident. The attorneys of the Morton Law Offices may be able to help you seek the compensation you are entitled to that can help you pay for medical bills stemming from your injuries.
Contact us today through our website chat feature, by filling out our online form, or by giving us a call. Find out if we can help you, just like we have helped many others in the same situation.
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