It already a hot summer in Oklahoma, and many residents are spending their weekends on the state’s beautiful rivers and lakes.
If you have a boat, it’s important to remember that operating it on a public body of water requires following state laws and regulations. A pleasant day on the water can quickly become dangerous, especially when boat owners and passengers aren’t prepared for emergency situations.
You can protect yourself, your loved ones, and your guests by following these three important safety tips:
- Stock your boat with the essentials—Oklahoma law requires that all vessels have at least one personal floatation device for everyone onboard. You should also have a first aid kit to treat injured passengers and a throwable floatation device, including a ring or buoy, for rescuing passengers who have fallen overboard.
- Check the weather before you head out—Summer weather can be volatile in Oklahoma, and it can change from hour to hour. A sunny, pleasant day can quickly become stormy and dangerous, putting you and your guests in danger. Never head out on the water without first checking the weather forecast.
- Don’t overload your boat—Boats are designed with weight limits and maximum passenger limits. When a boat is overloaded, its performance will take a hit, and it may be more difficult to control or keep upright, especially in choppy waters. In addition, it can also be more difficult to evenly distribute weight on an overloaded boat, increasing its chances of capsizing.
Hurt on a Boat? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.
Whether you were driving your own boat or riding as a passenger on someone else’s boat, the Oklahoma City boat accident lawyers at Parrish DeVaughn Injury Lawyers can investigate the accident and maximize your chances of getting compensation. Contact us today at (405) 999-9000.