Sail Boat Accident Attorney

Sailboats are a very popular activity around ocean communities. They are the second most popular full sized vessel following right behind powerboats. They are propelled mostly through use of natural wind currents or via their on-board motor. 

Depending on the region where they are located they vary in types and sizes. The different shapes and sizes of sailboats consist of single manned boats to larger sailing vessels that can accommodate many and sometimes include sleeping quarters and comfort amenities for long journeys. Other sailboats can include catamarans of any size. The Captain of a sailing vessel should be the most versed in both the handling of their boat craft as well as extremely knowledgeable in the rules of the waterways they travel.

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Sailboat Accidents

Sailing as a pastime is very popular and there is no real barrier to entry or learn how to sail.  However there is definitely a dark side of sailing the seas. You can never predict how or when an accident can happen and some accidents can be severe and can lead to injuries or even death. The most common reason why accidents can happen on a sailboat is usually the lack of knowledge and/or negligence of an operator about maritime rules and safety laws. Other reasons that can also lead to injuries or accidents while riding a sailboat are reckless operation, other types of boats involved and bad weather conditions and alcohol use.

Because of the dangers and risks involved in sailing there are laws requiring sailboat operators to take safety precautions seriously to avoid any water accidents and to save the lives of their passengers. Here are some safety tips to lessen risks of sailboat accidents:

  • Stay sober.
  • Check weather forecasts prior and during sailboat operation.
  • Complete course on safe sailboat operations.
  • Retain a fire extinguisher on the sailboat, for you may never know, a fire can also occur on the water.
  • Maintain your sailboat’s maximum capacity. Overloading and overcrowding can definitely be a risk to a sailboat accident.
  • Inspect sailboat before heading out.
  • Make sure passengers have floatation devices and are instructed how to use them.

If you or a loved one have been in a sail boat accident it is important that you find an experienced maritime personal injury lawyer. Accidents on boats in the water fall under maritime law and only an maritime injury attorney will be able to advise you on your best course of action.

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