This summer, thousands of us will be taking to the beautiful lakes of the British Isles to enjoy boating trips and hazy days out. If you’re planning a romantic break or a fun-filled family day, the last thing you want is to be involved in an accident or sitting in A and E with slip, trip or fall injuries; here are some simple boating safety steps you can take to minimise the risk of boating-related accidents.
Pay attention to safety briefings
If you’re off boating on an organised trip, the crew will give a safety demonstration or talk, to which you should pay full attention. Even if you go out boating on a regular basis, it’s important to listen carefully because every vessel is different and there may be slightly different safety procedures. Ensure that you know where life jackets and life boats are located and you are aware of what to do in the event of an emergency.
Wear suitable clothing and footwear
On a day out boating, it’s important to consider the environment and the weather conditions when choosing an outfit; it may be a little breezy and wet, so a waterproof and some layers are a good idea and the decks and walkways can get slippery, so it’s always a good idea to wear flat shoes which offer some grip. This will help to reduce the risk of slip and trip injuries and falls from height.
Know your limits
Swimming in lakes and rivers is different to swimming in a pool, so it’s always best to be slightly more cautious, even if you are an experienced swimmer. If the weather is bad and there are warnings about strong currents, it’s best to avoid swimming and wait for a calmer day.
Making a claim for a boating accident
If you suffer an injury while on a boating trip and you believe that the operator was negligent and you were not to blame, you may have a case for public liability compensation.
You could also claim compensation if you were injured in a public place or you had a slip, trip or fall in a public place during your boating holiday.
If you think you have sufficient evidence to support your slip and trip compensation claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for more information about the claims process and to talk over your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice