John Price Law Blog

Boater Safety (cont.)

This was featured as part of our Monday segment on Charleston’s 105.5 The Bridge on July 2nd, 2018. You can catch us every other Monday morning at 8:15 am ET for the latest law tips and legal news.

Summer in the south is one endless heat wave, and one way to beat the heat is by taking to one of Charleston’s many beautiful waterways. Boating is a popular pastime here in the Lowcountry, but many of us forget the importance of paying attention to our surroundings on the water.

Boating accidents are an all too common occurrence during the summer months, and can often be avoided. Follow these boater safety tips in order to have a fun, safe summer.

Maintaining proper lookout

Paying attention at all times is the best way to avoid a collision. Look up for bridge clearances and power lines, and down for floats, swimmers, debris and divers flags. It’s also important to check behind you and to both sides before turning, in case of any passing traffic.

Keeping a safe distance between boats

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) states that boats cannot be operated in excess of idle speed within 50 feet of an anchored boat, dock, or person in water. In terms of speed limit, there is none in South Carolina. However, a safe speed is one where the operator of the vessel can take proper action to avoid an accident.

To avoid a collision, operators should stay 200 feet away from another boat. And to avoid personal injury as well as damage to the vessel, avoid jumping other boats’ wakes.

What to do if involved in boating accident

If by chance you are involved in a boating accident, the first step is to stop the vessel immediately. Then, exchange information with the other operator involved. Afterwards, contact the DNR, who will come out and investigate the accident.

Finally, if you or someone you know is injured in a boating accident, contact the John Price Law Firm. In a free initial consultation, we can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation. Don’t let summer fun end in disaster: follow the steps above, as well as these boater safety tips, so that you can enjoy your time on the water this summer.

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