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Drinking and Boating

The Danger of Drinking and Boating

Throughout the years there have been many high profile boating accidents. Miami Marlin’s pitcher José Fernández died in a boating accident off Miami Beach on February 25, 2016, joining thousands of other victims in 2016. Many of these accidents are the result of rough water conditions, but others are caused by driver recklessness or operator inattention. In order to avoid tragic consequences, it is important to stay informed on the risks and rules associated with open water boating.

First, the risks. Open motorboats are most frequently involved in accidents, with forty seven percent of all reported accidents occurring in these vessels. Additionally, causalities in open motorboats last year totaled sixteen hundred and seventy two. Common risk factors vary depending on the location and type of body of water. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous, and laws prohibiting this behavior are enforced just as strictly as drunk driving laws. Unfortunately, the nature of these crimes makes them hard to enforce. Driving too close to other boats is another common cause of accidents. In order to properly prepare and keep you and your loved ones safe, the lawyers at Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group recommend acquiring a nationally approved boating safety certificate.

Laws associated with boating are similar to rules of the road. In North Carolina, any person younger than fourteen years old may not operate a boat legally. If the driver is fourteen or fifteen years old, they must be accompanied by someone eighteen years or older. North Carolina law enforcement patrols the water to keep conditions safe, so it is crucial that you carry your boater education card. Not carrying this card could result in a hefty fine.

Do not get caught off guard when boating. Prepare and be safe.

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