There is plenty of beautiful weather in Wisconsin for boating, and the potential for more recreational accidents as well.
Numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources state that, as of early August, 18 people lost their lives in boating accidents on Wisconsin’s rivers and lakes. WAOW, a Wausau television station, reports that alcohol was a contributing factor in approximately one-third of the fatalities.
Boating Safety Tips
To remain safe during Wisconsin’s remaining boating season and for boating seasons to come, it is important to take steps to ensure the safety of all on the water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following safe boating tips:
Have boats safety inspected – the Vessel Safety Check (VSC) service is offered by the United States Coast Guard Auxilliary free of charge
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning – the deadly gas can be an issue for all boaters, but especially house-boaters
Echoing the CDC’s safety tips, Lt. Randy Albert of the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department was quoted by WAOW saying fatalities can be reduced by “[a]voiding alcohol consumption, reducing your speed, and wearing your PFD [personal flotation device].”
Boating Accident Statistics
The CDC estimates that millions of American boat each year. Also according to CDC hundreds of people die each year in boating accidents as well. Of those killed, the majority are found not wearing life jackets. Wisconsin summers don’t have to mean boating accidents. For the number of people who participate, boating can be a fairly safe recreational activity, especially if safety precautions are followed. However, boating accidents may still occur. If they do, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney in your area about filing a personal-injury lawsuit to recover compensation for the injuries suffered, or filing a wrongful-death lawsuit if a loved one was tragically killed on the water.
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