- July 12, 2010
- In accidents
The California boating accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas would like to remind boaters throughout our state that the prevention of boating accidents begins with you. Our Orange County boating accident attorneys help clients injured in accidents every day that could have been prevented with proper preparation and observation of the rules. Here are the ABC’s of California boating laws that everyone can observe to make California waterways safer.
Boating safety begins with official safety classes offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons or some chapters of the American Red Cross. For more information on classes and schedules, please visit www.dbw.ca.gov or call the U.S. Coast Guard customer infoline at 800.368.5647.
Many preventable boating accidents occur because operators do not load their boats properly or fail to inform their guests of the dangers of overloading. It is the vessel operator’s responsibility to ensure the following:
* Supplies are loaded with the weight distributed evenly
* Gear is secured properly in place
* Passengers are seated
* Passengers understand the importance of maintaining weight balance on smaller watercraft
Before heading out for a cruise, it is the operator’s responsibility to check the latest weather forecast. Boaters can tune in to National Weather Radio broadcasts on frequencies of 162.400, 162.475 and 162.550 MHz and/or look online. It is also the operator’s responsibility to ensure that the vessel is in proper condition and that recommended safety equipment is on board and in good working condition in case an emergency arises.
Our Orange County boating accident lawyers want everyone to enjoy safe boating on our state’s waterways. But if you or a close family member has been injured in an accident, call Law offide of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084 to schedule a free consultation.