With summer just beginning, many people will soon enjoy time out on our beautiful Arkansas lakes or rivers in their boats or personal watercrafts. Many people look to beat the heat by boating with more than 200,000 boats registered statewide, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Tony Pirani, attorney at Caddell Reynolds Law Firm, appeared on Good Day NWA with hosts Jason Suel and Jaclyn House to discuss summer safety tips.
Unfortunately, this popular summer activity can be dangerous if the proper safety measures are not taken.
- Nearly 600 Americans die each year in boating accidents
- In 2016, drowning accounted for nearly 80% of all boating fatalities
- Approximately 90% of drowning victims did not wear life jackets
Arkansas is one of more than 40 states with educational requirements for operating a boat or personal watercraft on state waters. Anyone born after January 1, 1986, must take an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Boating Education Course, either online or in-person.
Wear a Life Jacket
Anyone under the age of 13 must wear life jackets while boating and everyone must wear a life jacket while on a personal watercraft. In accordance with Arkansas state law, a lifejacket must be carried for each person on board all crafts.
One major contributor to boating accidents—something many take lightly—is lack of experience. Those operating boats should have a boating license, which requires a test of operator skill.
Alcohol use contributes to nearly half of all boating accidents. Make sure to never overindulge. Avoid drinking on the water—especially if you are at the helm of the boat. In Arkansas, a first offense could land intoxicated boaters in jail up to one year, a $1,000 fine and driver’s license suspension for six months.
Avoiding these common causes of boating accidents helps keep you—and others around you—safe. As a boat owner, you may be liable if people are injured. Enjoy your time on the water, and avoid accidents that could potentially negatively change lives.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a boating accident that wasn’t your fault call Caddell Reynolds for help.
At Caddell Reynolds, we will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve from the insurance companies. Our experienced boating accident lawyers understand these cases, which are more complex than car accident claims. Be sure to hire the best injury law firm for you, so that you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Caddell Reynolds injury attorneys will be by your side every step of the way. Call us for your Free Legal Consultation at 800-671-4100 today.
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