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Preventing boat accidents this summer

Severe weather is the cause of a vast majority of boating accidents. The last seven days in Western Pennsylvania have been filled with tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, thunderstorms, and high winds. This time of year, many of our areas inhabitants like to take advantage of the warm temperature and spend time out on the waters of Lake Erie in Erie County, Conneaut Lake in Crawford County, the Shenango Reservoir in Mercer County, Lake Arthur in Butler County, and various other locations. To avoid boating accidents and the subsequent injuries that they cause, especially during times of severe weather, here are some tips:

1. Keep your eye on the weather forecast. The easiest way to stay safe in bad weather is to avoid it all together. If you plan on boating, look at the weather report before you head out.

2. Always make sure someone knows that you are boating. Inform someone that you are boating before you go. Check in with this person while you are out on the water and let them know when you have finished your day of water sports.

3. Keep a charged cell phone and/or radio handy at all times. If you are going to be in an area with cell phone reception, make sure your cell phone is charged. Otherwise, make sure you have a radio to call for help if needed.

4. Avoiding boating under the influence. Drinking while operating a boat or jet ski is illegal and dangerous. Many people enjoy going out to their local river or lake on a summer day and enjoying drinks with friends. If you are going to pair drinking with boating, be sure that you have a designated operator of the boat or other watercrafts that will be used.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boat accident, call the personal injury lawyers at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. today for a free case evaluation at 1-800-777-4081.

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