Recreational sailing activities are a becoming more popular. It is a sad fact that accidents can happen, so sailing accident advice should be sought in this scenario, as the victim may be eligible for a personal injury claim award. When aboard a boat, there are ways to ensure that everyone takes every precaution to ensure their own personal safety.
It is the responsibility of the operator of the boat to make sure that everyone who is on board the boat wears the correct safety equipment and that passengers are suitably sober and sensible for a sailing trip. The owner of the boat is required by law to have public liability insurance, and the health and safety measures aboard are the same stringent rules and regulations set down by the Health and Safety Executives to protect employees and customers. If a person is using a leisure company or tour operator, these companies must also follow health and safety guidelines that protect their customers.
Sailing accident advice
Accident Advice Helpline can provide information regarding personal injury claims for sailing accidents via our 24 hours a day, seven days a week helpline, which is totally free to use. Alternatively, contact us using the email address on our website and speak to one of our helpful operatives about sailing accident advice.
When you are provided with the safety equipment that you may have to use (this depends on the kind of vessel you are sailing aboard), try to ensure that it all fits comfortably and is in good condition. If it does feel loose or too tight, request a more appropriate size. The weather can be a major factor towards being able to stay upright on a boat and paying close attention to the forecast will show when the best windows of opportunity are for a successful trip. Be mindful of the effects of offshore winds that can quickly change and cause sudden shifting of a sailboat.
One of the most common causes of sailing accidents is an injury received as a result of falling over, and the most prevalent injury in sailing is to the legs, such as bruising, grazes and cuts. Some of the other reasons for personal injury claims from a sailing accident include the boat colliding with another vessel, speedboats exceeding speed limits, and capsizing.
For more information about sailing accidents, Accident Advice Helpline can be contacted by telephone, email or fax, the details of which can be found on the website. If you or someone that you know simply wants to find out what they would receive should they file a successful claim for compensation, there is a form on the website that will calculate the approximate amount. Such cases taken on by our team of specialist lawyers are on a no-win, no-fee basis. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 to find out more information.