Minnesota is informally known as the land of 10,000 lakes. Nonresidents, who think of the state as a winter wonderland, might be surprised to learn that with this number of lakes and waterways; a lot of outdoor activity takes place. This is true year round, as a lot of residents engage in warm weather activities during the spring and summer, and turn to ice fishing in the colder months for entertainment. When people spend any significant amount of time on the water, following safety precautions will help to keep all those involved safe and free from harm. Staying safe on the water will help avoid injuries, and can even safe a life.
Boat and water safety includes paying extra attention to the following:
- Being aware of other watercraft, and operating your own craft in a safe manner around those sharing the waterway. This means operating a boat or jet ski at a reasonable speed, looking out for fishing boats, and keeping a safe distance from others on the water.
- Making sure to have the required number of life vests on your boat, and to properly use the vests.
- Avoid mixing alcohol with water activities, as a large number of water accidents involve alcohol use.
- Allowing only educated persons to operate watercraft and making sure all those on board are familiar with safety measures. You should also make sure only persons old enough to drive a boat or jet ski take the wheel.
Most water accidents happen due to inexperience, or alcohol use. The laws in place to deal with an accident that happens on the water covers things like negligence, and providing compensation to an injured party for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been in an accident while on the water, you should seek all the compensation needed to make you whole. What this means is that you should be put in the same position, both physically and financially, as you were in prior to the accident taking place. We protect your rights and fight for compensation that meets your needs.
If you have been in an accident on the water, call our office to learn what steps to take next. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.