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Follow boating safety rules to make holiday weekend a safe one

Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 26, 2014 in Boating Accidents

With summer winding down for many in the state of Connecticut, for some, Labor Day weekend is the last time to engage in the pastime of boating. Cooler temperatures and the start of school make it harder for many residents to take to area lakes and rivers following the holiday. Following boating safety tips can help everyone have a safe and fun holiday weekend.

Many safety tips are probably obvious to boaters and may be covered in a boating course, required in the state of Connecticut to obtain a Safe Boating Certificate. For example, using common sense in determining what speed and where to take a boat are likely things that drivers do without even realizing it. Only heading out in weather that is good for boating is also a good idea. For many who want to live the boating life, so too is learning to swim and making sure that life jackets are available for all who are on the boat. For the best possible outcome, the jackets should be worn.

Planning ahead is also a good idea. Creating a float plan that provides information regarding who is on a boat as well as where it is heading and how the boat may be contacted, could be extremely beneficial should a boat accident occur. Likewise, so is naming someone as assistant skipper who can take over driving the boat should the primary skipper become incapacitated. Before heading out, a pre-departure checklist is a good final step.

Boating accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death. When either of those situations occur, those impacted make seek financial compensation for the injuries or death. Such a case may be successful if the negligence of another person is to blame for the accident. For the best results in such a case it is best to contact a personal injury lawyer in New Britain sooner rather than later.