Boating Accidents Practice
Missouri and Kansas are fortunate to have a bounty of lakes and rivers, providing scenic landscapes, abundant fishing opportunities, and recreational water sports. But as many boaters, jet skiers, and other water-goers can attest, there are always dangerous risks out on the water.
In 2016 there were 16 deaths and 111 injuries in recreational boating crashes and 182 total crashes in the state of Missouri. Kansas recorded 7 deaths and 21 injuries in 32 total crashes.
The majority of these cases were related to alcohol and drug use by the individuals operating the watercraft. Injuries and deaths caused by this kind of negligence deserve swift consequence, and the victims and their families deserve justice.
Some of the most common boating injuries include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia
Injuries caused by accidents on other personal watercraft such as jet skis are often more severe than boating injuries. In the same sense as a motorcycle compared to a car, jet skis are more exposed and are often operated at higher speeds, which leaves the operator far more prone to injuries.
To operate a boat only a boater safety certification card is required – and only for those born after Jan.1, 1984. Operators have a definite responsibility to follow boating safety rules and take responsibility for their actions while operating a watercraft of any kind.
Skilled or unskilled, no boat operator is immune to the many hazards of boating.
Take the Proper Precautions
Safety should be everyone’s number one priority on the water. Take safety seriously so your summertime outing doesn’t take a turn for the worst. Follow these guidelines:
- Always wear a life jacket
- Never operate a boat or watercraft after consuming alcohol
- Never let anyone operate the boat who has consumed alcohol
- Maintain a safe speed at all times
- Familiarize yourself with your surroundings to avoid environmental hazards
- Follow the law