Although summer is quickly coming to an end, the warm weather lingers long enough to lure enthusiasts outdoors. If you’re planning on taking a few last boat, jet ski or ATV jaunts before the rain and snow arrive, make sure you take all appropriate safety precautions. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed.
If you’re injured by someone else’s negligence, the Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you recover damages for boat, jet ski or ATV accidents. Read on, then call us for assistance.
Staying safe on boats
While being out on the water is relaxing, it can also be dangerous. Consider taking a U.S. Coast Guard-approved training course so you can avoid boat crashes. The Coast Guard also offers vessel safety checks for free—plus a handy mobile app to help you avoid accidents and injuries.
Don’t forget to have the appropriate life jackets on board: depending on the type of activity, you may need a different kind of life jacket. Before you get on the water, be sure to inspect your boat and check the weather. Never boat after dark, and make sure that someone else knows exactly where you’ll be.
Staying safe on jet skis
Jet skis provide less protection than boats, so operators should be extra careful. Keep your safety lanyard close, so you can cut engine power if you fall off. Always wear your life jacket, and keep an eye out for water skiers, small boats and swimmers.
If you’re new to jet skiing, be sure to take a safety and training course. It’s especially important to learn how to stop, since jet skis do not have brakes. Finally, follow boating etiquette: don’t follow boats or turn in front of them too closely. Not only is it unsafe, it’s usually illegal.
Staying safe on ATVs
Did you know that ATVs aren’t one-size-fits-all vehicles? Make sure that you have the right size for your height and weight. Before every ride, follow this pre-ride inspection checklist. Be sure that you’re wearing appropriate gear, including a helmet, boots, gloves, goggles, long sleeves and pants.
Try to avoid driving at night and speeding—ATVs are more dangerous than cars and trucks. Stay off paved roads.
Follow these tips to stay safe on the roads and water, and don’t forget to call the Law Offices of Tim Misny if you’re ever injured in an accident.
Discuss your case with an Ohio accident lawyer
The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you with your boat, jet ski or ATV accident case. When you’re the victim of negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (877) 944-4373 so that I can evaluate your case right away.