Are you being safe this boating season? GoErie.com wrote an article highlighting Pennsylvania's history of boating accidents and how we can prevent them! In 2015, there were 52 total boating accidents, 4 of which were fatal. Alcohol was a major factor in three of the accidents. Most of the boating accidents from last year involved collisions with other boating vehicles and/or fixed objects, flooding/swamping and grounding. Many of the accidents were the result of operator inattention, inexperience, improper lookout, failure of boating machinery, and excessive speed.
So, how can you prevent boating accidents this summer? According to these reports, the simplest responses are best!
- Be aware and focused when you're driving the boat
- Make sure you know how the boat works and are confident that you can follow all marine rules
- Don't drink and drive the boat
- Drive within the speed limits/don't speed
- Properly upkeep and maintain your boat
Boating accidents see an expected and marked increase in the summer, especially involving intoxication while driving a boat. In this area, Glendale and Raystown lakes are arguably the most susceptible places in our local area for such occurrences. Victims of boating accidents injured due to the fault of another may have lasting and extensive injuries that result in compounded medical bills and significant changes in mobility and ability. Attorney Doug Stoehr is an attorney serving western and central Pennsylvania that handles cases involving personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.