The state of New York ranks seventh in the nation for boating facilities – but third in boating accidents, according to a recent TWC News report.
Boating is a big part of summer fun for many New Yorkers – but boating does pose certain risks, and injuries can occur if boaters are not careful and ensure their own safety and the safety of others. When you go out on the water this summer, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Always wear a life jacket. New York saw 18 deaths in boating accidents last year, according to TWC News. A properly-fitting life jacket is the easiest way to prevent death or serious injury.
- Plan ahead. Learn about the water you plan to boat on, including potential hazards and the type of traffic to expect. Check the weather report before you go.
- Always bring someone with you. Never boat alone.
- Never drink while boating. Not only do you increase your chance of serious injury, but operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol is illegal in New York.
- Don’t boat distracted, especially if you need to steer in a crowded area, near obstacles, or in a current. Avoid cell phones and other distractions that can take your focus away from boating safely.
To learn more about boating safety, visit the web site of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The site offers plenty of free, detailed information about safe boating and other recreation.
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, our experienced New York injury attorneys can help you protect your legal rights after an accident and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.