The Deadly Reality of Distracted Boating
Like it or not, distraction is a term we often associate with driving. With the increasing reliance upon cell phones, motorists are constantly tempted by the ringing of their devices. While distracted driving is indeed deadly, there’s another form of distracted travel that often gets overlooked: distracted boating.
Why Accidents Happen
While far more people own cars than boats, the potential for danger on the high seas is very real and should be taken just as seriously as accidents on land. Considering that boating is often associated with drinking and partying, there is a larger chance that boat operators will take their duties less seriously than the average motorist. According to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, between 22 and 24 percent of all boating accidents are caused by operator inattention and improper lookout.
Just like in the car, it’s up to everyone on board a boat to help mitigate the distractions the boat operator must contend with. When the boat is in motion, it’s important for passengers to limit the noise they make either verbally or with the radios they play. Passengers should also avoid crossing in front of the boat operator’s sight line and consider staying seated while the boat is in motion.
Boat operators must constantly evaluate the space around them for potential hazards. By distracting them, you risk jeopardizing the lives of everyone on board. Do your best as a passenger to make the experience as calm and peaceful as possible to ensure you arrive at your destination safely!
Confirm Insurance Coverage
One way to mitigate the effects of distracted boating is to ensure that you’re covered by insurance in case of an emergency. While some homeowners policies cover your boat while it is housed in your garage, the limits tend to be restricted to your property. If your boat is housed in a marina or harbor, you may be required to purchase additional boating insurance. Regardless of where you store your vessel, it’s a good investment to make. When shopping around for a quote, be sure that your policy will include medical coverage, uninsured coverage, and liability insurance.
Maritime Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured an experienced maritime and Jones Act attorney can help you recover the damages related to your injury. Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.