The state of Michigan has more registered boats than any other state in the entire country. This is largely due to the presence of the Great Lakes. Most of those boat owners also own technologies like smartphones just like the rest of us. The problem is that a lot of those people who have those phones are using them while driving a boat
There is even a National Safe Boating Week that was established to raise awareness that people ought to be responsible for their operation of boats. Many people know that using a cell phone while driving is a bad idea, but not everyone thinks about it in relation to boats.
Texting and Driving
When driving, sending a text can take a driver’s eyes off of the road for around five seconds. A lot can happen in those five seconds, and countless accidents have been caused by drivers who have done exactly that. Five seconds of lost focus can cause an accident and send your entire crew into the water.
In 2015, the Coast Guard recorded 600 deaths due to boating accidents throughout the country. The causes of boating accidents are plentiful, but one of the causes that comes up frequently is texting while trying to drive the boat.
There are other things that people should pay attention to as well, such as the weather conditions before they ever set sail. They should also ask that all of their passengers to wear a lifejacket the entire time that they are out on the water.
Finally, do not do anything that you would not due if you were to be operating an automobile rather than a boat. A lot of people think that for whatever reason being out on the water means they do not have to be as cautious about things like drinking while boating. That is not accurate. It is still illegal to operate a boat while under the influence, and it is also very dangerous. Use common sense and you can enjoy your boating experience to a much greater extent.
If you or someone you know was injured in a boating accident, speak to an experienced attorney with Michigan Legal Center. You should know that you have rights as an accident victim and we can help you seek justice for your case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.