Prepare for the Summer with These Boating Safety Tips

Prepare for the Summer with These Boating Safety Tips

Summer is only a couple months away, which means many St. Louisans will dust off their boating equipment and head out on Lake of the Ozarks in the next few weeks. Before embarking on the water, make sure to read up on these boating safety tips to ensure your summer is a safe one.

Lake of the Ozarks Boating Laws

If you plan to spend your summer boating on Lake of the Ozarks, refresh your knowledge on Missouri’s boating laws:

  • Operating a boat while intoxicated is a criminal offense subject to a fine and/or jail time.

  • Watercraft operators must be at least 14 years of age.

  • Children under the age of seven must wear a personal floatation device at all times unless confined in a fully enclosed area.

  • It’s illegal to operate a boat at speeds greater than “idle speed” within 100 feet of a dock, occupied, anchored vessel, or buoyed area.

  • The speed limit at night is 30mph.

Stay Safe While Underway

While boating is usually a fun summertime excursion, improper boat safety can have dire consequences for operator and passengers. Three of the most common boating incidents involve capsizing, swamping, or a passenger falling overboard. According to the National Safety Council, hypothermia can set in if a person is exposed to water colder than 70 degrees for too long.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 74% of boating deaths are due to drowning, and 84% of those victims were not wearing a life jacket. Basic boating safety can greatly reduce boating accidents and fatalities. Follow the guidelines below for a safe summer on Lake of the Ozarks:

  • Check weather forecasts before departure. Don’t embark on the water when storms or bad weather are forecast.

  • Make proper use of life jackets. According to Missouri state law, all persons on board a personal watercraft must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device while the vessel is underway.

  • Avoid alcohol. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved. Studies have shown that the effects of alcohol are increased by exposure to sun and wind.

Injured? Get the Right Representation

Following these basic boating safety tips will greatly reduce the likelihood of boating accidents and injuries. However, you cannot control the actions of other boat operators on Lake of the Ozarks.

If you’re injured in a boating accident, hire the right personal injury attorney to represent you. Our St. Louis personal injury lawyers are well-versed in boating accidents and we’re here to fight for you.

If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, don’t settle for less. Contact Cantor Injury Law today at (314) 485-4005 for a free case consultation!

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