The Department of Natural Resources of Iowa recently issued safety tips for boaters to keep them and other people safe while enjoying this year’s boating season, a report of the Clinton Herald stated on June 7.
Boating Law Education Coordinator Susan Stocker reported that boaters should follow “basic boating safety tips” as there are about 30 to 40 boat-related accidents in the state every year.
- Make sure that lighting devices and boat trailer tires are in good condition before going out to the waters.
- Boaters are urged to make sure that their boats are equipped with proper and required safety devices for all passengers on-board. Safety devices such as lighting and horns, or any sound device, should be properly working before sailing.
- Boats that have a length of 16 feet or more should have safety equipment in case a passenger accidentally falls into the water.
- Fire extinguishers are required for boats that have a minimum of 10 horsepower motors.
- Boaters who are expecting to consume alcoholic beverages on-board are required to have a dedicated sober operator.
- A boating course is required for boat operators whose ages range from 12 to 17, while those passengers younger than 12 must wear life jackets while on-board.
Stocker reminded boaters that the legal blood alcohol limit for boat operators should not be greater than 0.08 percent and to make sure that their boat’s registration is valid. As required by the law, boaters should report any boat-related accidents, especially if the extent of property damage exceeds $2,000.
The Iowa attorneys of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., understand that boaters are at risk of suffering serious injuries when involved in accidents. If you were the victim of a boating accident, we may be able to help you receive compensation if negligent boaters are liable. Call our office at 877-327-2600 to learn more about your options.
July and August are the most dangerous months to be boating in the state of Iowa. In previous years during these months, the number of boating accidents involving alcohol has been high, leading to multiple fatalities.
This year, there have already been seven boating fatalities in Iowa. This is the largest number of boating deaths since 2007, when there were nine fatalities for the entire boating season.
Boating under the influence of alcohol can result in serious injuries; thus, 22 arrests have already been made this year regarding this charge. A 2011 law changed the legal blood alcohol limit of an individual operating a boat from 0.10 to 0.08, which is the blood alcohol concentration limit for driving a motor vehicle.
If you have suffered a boating injury due to a reckless or intoxicated boat operator, please contact the boating injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.