Q How can I keep my passengers safe while they are on my boat?
Having passengers on your boat is one of the best things about being on the water. Going swimming, fishing, and simply taking in the sights of the American Falls Reservoir, Jensen Grove Pond, Bear Lake, or any other body of water in Idaho with your friends and family is enjoyable.
As a responsible boater, you want to keep those on your vessel safe. Boating accidents occur frequently, but when you take the proper actions, you may be able to prevent them.
Keeping Your Passengers Safe
Although you may think you are a safe boat operator, you may not realize the dangers you put your passengers in. Follow these tips to increase your chances of staying safe on the water:
- Avoid alcohol use. Boating and drinking are often synonymous, but they shouldn’t be. Alcohol affects people driving boats much in the same way it does for people driving vehicles.
- Prevent dangerous activity. Although experiencing the boat ride while sitting on the bow, side, or back of the boat is exciting, doing so can also be quite dangerous. Passengers can fall off and get caught in the propeller—causing serious or even fatal injuries.
- Use proper safety gear. Require your passengers to wear life jackets while on your boat. They may know how to swim, but if they hit their heads and become unconscious, life jackets could save their lives.
When the Worst Happens
If despite your best efforts you still become the victim of a boating accident, the experienced legal team of the Morton Law Office may be able to help. Contact us to speak with an attorney about your situation.
If you know any boat owners, we encourage you to share this information with them!