Boating: Play! It Safe

School’s out for the summer! . . . and everyone seems to be hitting the lakes. If you are a boater, remember to use common sense and follow some basic safety guidelines. It could be the difference between life and death.

According to the DNR, Minnesota has the most boats per capita in the nation. But, boating is more than just fun. It is a responsibility.

The number one reason for boating accidents is driver inattention.The number one cause of death in a boating accident is alcohol use.

Establish some guidelines for your family and model those guidelines for your children and guests. Do not back down on enforcing the safe boating guidelines. It could be the difference between life and death.

Boating Safety

The DNR offers free information on Minnesota Boating Safety and education programs, including the mandatory boating and safety education program for 12 – 17-year-olds and a free home-study packet.

Minimum Safety Equipment Requirements:

  • Flotation devices
  • Navigation lights
  • U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher

For more information on safety requirements: Minnesota Boating Guide.

Boating Accident

If you do have a boating accident, many steps have to be taken to protect your rights.

  • File a report with the proper authorities.
  • Take down the name, address, phone number, homeowners insurance information of the boaters involved.
  • Get the eyewitness information.
  • Take pictures of the scene.
  • See a doctor.
  • Call a Minnesota Personal Injury Lawyer before you talk to anyone about the boating accident.

This information has been provided as a service of TSR Injury Law, a Minneapolis Personal Injury Law firm serving the Twin Cities and the entire state of Minnesota. If you have been in a boating accident, call us for a free consultation at 612-TSR-TIME. We care and want to help.