Common Causes of Drowning Accidents
As the spring and summer draws nearer, people will be returning to the water to enjoy themselves. Most people boat and swim without incident, but there’s always the risk of injury. In the case of drowning accidents, the results can be tragic and fatal. When a drowning is the result of negligence, our lawyers can help.
The attorneys at our Melbourne, FL law firm would like to consider some of the common causes of drowning accidents. This will help you understand how to keep safe, whether at the ocean, at a lake, or by the pool.
No Lifeguards Stationed
At beaches, lakes, and public pools, the presence of a lifeguard can mean the difference between life and death. When no lifeguards are stationed during the normal hours that one should be on duty, drownings are far more likely.
Lack of Supervision
Even when no lifeguards are around, adult supervision can make a major difference when it comes to child safety. Children and infants should not be allowed to play in the water without an adult watching over them. A lack of supervision can be disastrous, whether you're at a poor or a nearby body of water.
Lack of Barriers Around a Pool
Many young children and infants drown because they are able to access a pool. A simple fence can help prevent these kinds of drownings. Even for hot tubs, a cover for the tub when not in use can be crucial for preventing drownings from occurring.
Poor Swimming Ability
It can take time to be comfortable in the water. If a person can’t swim or is not an experienced swimmer, they need to exercise caution while in the water. Others should be informed about these matters to make sure the inexperienced swimmer remains near land or a vessel, remains in shallow water, has a swimming buddy, or has a flotation device nearby.
Recklessness Behavior in the Water
Horseplay and rowdiness in the water can have serious consequences. Drownings can sometimes occur because someone is too aggressive while in the water. Be sure to look out for your friends and fellow swimmers to ensure everyone is safe and having a good time.
Boating and Jet Ski Accidents
Boating accidents and jet ski collisions can lead to catastrophic injuries. In addition to brain damage and broken bones, drownings can occur following a nautical collision. This is particular true if a person in a boating accident is knocked unconscious.
Failure to Wear Life Jackets
Life jackets are crucial for water safety. Even an experienced swimmer can conserve their energy and avoid exhaustion thanks to a life jacket. If someone fails to wear a life jacket when it is advisable, drowning is more likely.
Lack of Life Jackets and Life Preservers
There’s another aspect to the point made above. If a water craft of any kind lacks life jackets, life preservers, or any sort of flotation device, the risk of drowning is much higher. Always have enough flotation devices for each person on the vessel. This common sense precaution can save lives.
Use of Alcohol or Drugs
As you can imagine, alcohol and drugs increased the risk of reckless behavior, unnecessary risk taking, and injuries. Being on the water while drunk or intoxicated is a recipe for disaster. Be sure to stay sober while on the water as a way of staying safe.
Learn More About Your Legal Options
For more information about your legal rights following a loved one’s drowning, be sure to contact an experience injury accident attorney today. At Charpentier Law Firm, we will hear your side of the story and offer expert legal counsel.