The 2019 summer season is fast approaching in Kentucky and thousands of licensed boaters will soon be on the state’s many waterways. With so many lakes, rivers, tributaries, and streams here, boaters have plenty of options to choose from when launching their boats this summer season. If you are considering getting a boating license, or already have one, it is important to know the following boater safety tips for summer so you are ready for what is to come and hopefully can avoid being involved in a boating accident.

Inspect the Boat Prior to Launching

You need to inspect your vessel prior to every single launch this coming summer. This means you should not go out on the water unless you have reviewed your boat from top to bottom for any problems. Look for leaks, broken parts, burnt-out lights, empty fuel tanks, missing equipment, and anything else that could lead to a boating accident if not resolved prior to launching.

Check the Forecast

There is no reason for you to go boating when the forecast calls for inclement weather. This can include high winds, rain, fog, thunderstorms or any other weather event. You should only go boating when the forecast is calm for at least five hours. This gives you enough time to launch your boat, go for an adventure on the water, and return to the dock or marina before the weather changes.

Know the Waters

Make sure you know the waters in which you will be boating before launching your boat this summer season. If you are new to the area and have never gone boating in the waterways around Lexington, be sure to speak with other boaters or do some research about the waterways. Find out where the buoys are located, where the channel markers are located, when the tides are, and how low the tide gets each day.

Have a Valid License

No one is allowed to operate a motorized boat in Kentucky without a valid boater’s license. You should check your license prior to the season and make sure it has not expired. If it has expired, you will need to take a boating class to have the license renewed. Do not operate your boat without a valid license.

Have Appropriate Safety Gear on the Boat

Your boat should have the appropriate safety gear on it at all times. This includes one United States Coast Guard certified life jacket for every person on the boat. You should also have a fire extinguisher that has not expired somewhere in the cabin. Other safety gear includes a ship-to-shore radio, flares, a first aid kit, and many other items.

Schedule a Consultation with an Attorney Today

Have you been injured in a boating accident in Kentucky? If so, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Call Roberts Law Office in Lexington at 859-231-0202 to schedule a consultation. An experienced attorney can investigate the accident, review your medical bills, speak with police officers, review evidence and handle any other issues related to your case.