Failure to Lookout for Swimmers Can Result in Deadly Boat Accidents By Steve Charpentier on June 01, 2016

People boating in the sun for funAs the weather gets warmer and people take time off of work and school, you can bet that the beaches will be getting crowded. Some will bask in the sun as others will rev up their motor or set sail. Whatever the case may be, it's important that people act responsibly. Accidents can happen anywhere.

The legal team at Charpentier Law Firm has helped numerous clients in and around the greater Melbourne area, which is especially helpful when people have been victims of serious boat accidents and harm caused by water vehicles. Let's consider the question of maintaining proper lookout for swimmers and what that means on the part of people operating boats.

Taking Boat Accidents Seriously

All boat accidents need to be taken seriously, especially those that involve boats striking swimmers or people floating and wading in the water. There's a tremendous amount of force generated by a boat cutting through water, the the harm of direct impact with a swimmer and the body of a boat or even a swimmer with the rotors of a motorboat can be severe. This is why it's important for people on boats to maintain a proper lookout for people in the water.

Proper Lookout: What Does This Entail?

To maintain a proper lookout means that the operator of a boat with have the ability to visually monitor his or her surroundings and to listen for any signs that could signal a potential hazard or accident. This means using all available means, from a boat operator's own senses to more advanced equipment on the vessel.

What it all comes down to is the ability to pay attention while on the water to avoid harming others

Proper Lookout for Swimmers

Maintaining a proper lookout for swimmers is so crucial for overall safety at see. This includes noting people who may be snorkeling or scuba diving. People who operate a boat should be aware of any high-traffic areas for swimmers and divers, and be mindful when traversing these areas. This could mean turning off motors or traveling much slower than usual out of caution. Some people operating boats may wish to avoid these places entirely just to be on the safe side.

Proper Lookout for Boats and Other Water Vehicles

Obviously people operating a boat should also be on the lookout for other boats and water vessels on the water. Collisions between boats can be very serious. This is especially true when it comes to larger boats or faster boats colliding with people in small rowboats or kayaks. Serious harm may occur, and it pays to be as attentive as possible.

How a Boat Accident Lawyer Can Help You

If you or someone you love was harmed in a boat accident that was the result of another person's negligence and inattention, it's of the utmost importance that you speak with an attorney familiar with boat accidents and maritime law. We will help you in your time of legal need and fight to ensure the negligent party is held accountable.

Speak with the Lawyers of Charpentier Law Firm

For more information about your legal rights following a serious boat accident or nautical injury of any kind, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers of Charpentier Law Firm are here for you in your time of legal need.

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