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Safety must be a priority on small vessels

Heading out on a small vessel can be a fun activity for the day; however, you must ensure that you’re ready for spending time on the water. Accidents that happen on one of these smaller boats can lead to considerable injuries and possibly death if you aren’t properly prepared.

It’s estimated that around 70% of boating accidents are due to errors made by the operator. One way you can prevent this from happening is to take a boating safety course, so you’re aware of the safety standards for operating the vessel. This is also helpful for individuals who will play a supportive role on the boat.

Another critical step to take before you get out on the water is to ensure that every person on the vessel has a life jacket that fits them. It’s a good idea to keep this on the entire time you’re on the boat because you never know when something might happen and you unexpectedly end up in the water. If children are onboard, they should always have on their life jacket.

While you’re on the boat, be mindful of the slick surface of the deck. Slipping while your on the boat can have catastrophic consequences. You might suffer an injury if you hit the deck or something on it, but there’s also the chance that you’ll be thrown overboard.

If you’re on a vessel and there’s an accident that’s due to negligence, you might choose to seek compensation for the damages. This can help you recover the financial damages that you suffered because of the defendant’s negligence.

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