Boating Safety Tips: How To Avoid Making A Personal Injury Claim
Although boating is a popular summer pastime, you can easily get injured by not following safety protocols. Here’s some information to help prevent you from getting into an accident on the water.
Dozens of Ontarians are seriously injured in motorized boating accidents every year. The injuries sustained in boating accidents range from minor lacerations and fractures to head, brain and spinal cord injuries. These types of injuries often require extensive, ongoing physical therapy and rehabilitation. Therefore, it’s extremely important to practice caution when enjoying Ontario’s waterways.
Personal injury claim: compensation
Ontario’s no-fault accident benefits don’t apply to boating accidents. This means that you can only claim compensation if you’re injured in a boating accident that was due to someone else’s negligent or reckless behaviour.
Boating safety tips
If you want to drive a motorized watercraft in Canada, you must take a boating safety course and get a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). Here are a few things to know to get you started:
• Always wear a life jacket
• Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Plan your route and use official nautical charts
• Monitor the weather conditions and don’t go out if it’s dark, foggy, windy or stormy
• Drive at a safe speed that allows you to maintain control over your vessel
• Maintain a constant lookout for other watercraft, swimmers and debris
Following these tips will ensure you stay safe on Ontario’s waterways.
By law, you need to have the following equipment on board if you’re driving a motorized watercraft:
• A lifejacket or floatation device for each person on the boat
• A buoyant heaving line that’s at least 15 metres
• Navigation lights
• A waterproof flashlight
• A reboarding device like a ladder or swim platform
• A horn or other type of audible signalling device
• An anchor with at least 15 metres of chain, rope or cable
• A paddle or other device for manually propelling the boat
• A fire extinguisher
• A compass
• A radar reflector
• A manual bilge pump or bailer
• A first aid kit
To determine the exact requirements for your specific vessel, consult Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide. Being prepared with the right equipment could mean the difference between life and death in the event of an emergency.
Personal injury lawyers in Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa
If you or a loved one are injured in a boating accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation for damages. At Feifel Gualazzi, our lawyers specialize in personal injury claims and can help you secure a fair settlement. We also handle wrongful death claims. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today.