REPRESENTING CHILDREN INJURED IN BOATING ACCIDENTS
Recreational boating accidents claimed the lives of 626 people in 2015. No matter the vessel — speedboat, jet ski, or canoe — boating on the open waters can prove to be dangerous if proper safety measures aren’t taken. Maritime accidents are not as common as motor vehicle accidents, but boating injuries can be just as serious and deadly.
Unfortunately, children are not immune to the dangers of water-related activities. Twenty-two children under the age of 13 died while boating in 2015. Twelve of these tragic child fatalities were the result of drowning, according to the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
TOP TEN CAUSES OF BOATING ACCIDENTS
The Coast Guard says these are the top ten primary contributing factors of boating accidents:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Improper lookout
- Machinery failure
- Excessive speed
- Alcohol use
- Hazardous waters
- Navigation rules violation
- Force of wave/wake
Alcohol use was the number one contributing factor of fatal boating injuries with a known cause.
TOP CAUSES OF DEATH IN A BOATING ACCIDENT
- Cardiac arrest
- Carbon monoxide
SAFETY TIPS FOR PREVENTING CHILD BOATING ACCIDENTS
Many of the injuries and deaths resulting from boating accidents are preventable. Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance, and following these child boating safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide will ensure your aquatic experience is nothing but fun.
- Have children wear life jackets approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while boating and playing near open bodies of water. Make sure life jackets fit snugly.
- Refrain from traveling on boats with babies until they are at an appropriate weight to wear an approved personal flotation device.
- Do not keep your baby in a car seat — if the boat capsizes, the seat will likely instantly sink.
- Hold your baby while wearing your own life jacket if boating with an infant.
- Make sure infants and young children are kept warm, since they are at a higher risk of getting hypothermia.
- Do not replace personal flotation devices with water wings or pool noodles.
- Never operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol.
- Only let children operate boats or watercraft if it adheres to local and state laws – and always under supervision.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CHILD BOATING ACCIDENT LAWYER
If your child was harmed in a boating accident due to someone’s negligence operation, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to take your call and evaluate your claim. Our law firm has the legal resources and experienced team of legal professionals necessary to properly develop your case. Call us today for a free case review.
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