In an effort to promote safe boating and to in turn prevent the occurrence of unnecessary drowning accidents and personal injury, National Safe Boating Week will be in full swing from May 16th to May 22nd.
Its kick off will mark the launch of the 2015 North American Safe Boating campaign which aims to remind boaters just how important it is to wear a life jacket and to observe boating safety regulations and guidelines.
With more than 12 million registered recreational boats in the United States, the campaign’s national ‘Wear It!’ theme is intended to encourage more responsible boating practices and to highlight the value of voluntary and consistent life jacket wear for recreational boaters.
The problem is that many recreational boaters set out on what seems to be a perfect day on the water and they fail to place importance on basic safety measures, particularly wearing life jackets. Subsequently, when mishaps occur and boaters end up in the water without proper safety equipment, the risk of drowning becomes imminent.
In fact, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2013 Recreational Boating Safety Statistics, drowning accidents were reported to be the cause of death for three-fourths of all fatalities, and approximately 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
Unfortunately, despite the national effort to encourage safe boating and wearing life jackets, drowning accidents will still happen. If you find yourself in such an unfortunate situation, our drowning accident attorney can help.
To schedule a free legal consultation with an experienced drowning accident attorney, contact The Gilbert Law Group® at (303) 431-1111 today.