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Tips for Surviving a Boating Accident

Summer is here. The kids are out of school. And more and more people will be out enjoying the water around the Florida coasts. Unfortunately, this also means boating accidents are more likely.

Florida accident lawyer Brad Sinclair wants everyone to be safe on the water, but he understands that accidents do happen and wants to ensure local residents and tourists alike enjoy a long, relaxing summer while maintaining safe boating practices.

Should something unexpected happen, Brad Sinclair offers these tips to help victims survive a boating accident:

  • Take a boating safety course. One of the best ways to stay safe on the water is to be equipped with the safety knowledge to avoid an accident in the first place.
  • Have a float plan. Much like a pilot files a flight plan, a float plan will let friends and family know where you plan to go and for how long. Such plans will help them direct authorities should your return be delayed.
  • Wear a life jacket. One of the best ways to stay safe on a boat is to wear a life jacket. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates more than 80 percent of boating accident victims can be saved simply by putting on a life jacket before the unthinkable happens.
  • Call for help. A marine radio is an essential piece of equipment on every vessel. Should an accident happen, the Coast Guard operates on Channel 16 and should be contacted immediately, especially if someone’s life is in danger.
  • Carry emergency supplies. Before setting out, make sure to have a first aid kit on board. Also carry an extra can of fuel. Flares will help rescuers locate an accident site.

No one plans to be involved in a boating accident – that’s why it’s called an accident. But if one should occur, Brad Sinclair can help protect your rights. Contact us today so we can begin to help you recover from your accident.