Missing Boat Safety Equipment
If a boat owner or operator fails to ensure that his or her watercraft is equipped with the appropriate safety equipment, then laws may have been violated and innocent people may have been put at unnecessary risk. The specific requirements vary with the type of vessel and the number of people on board, but before departing the dock it is in the best interests of all aboard to double check that those standards are met.
If you have been hurt in a boating accident and your injuries were worsened because you didn’t have access to the proper safety devices, then you may be entitled to seek financial compensation through a legal action against the negligent boat owner.
Life-saving Aquatic Devices
Part of the fun of being out on the water is the sense of freedom that comes with being away from land, people, buildings, and the other standard fare of daily life. Unfortunately, when a boat is in an accident this distance can cause costly delays in the arrival of emergency technicians or other rescue services. Because of this lag time, safety equipment is particularly vital. Depending on the nature of the boat and the waters being traveled, the necessary safety equipment may include:
- Life jackets (at least one United States Coast Guard approved jacket per person)
- A flotation recovery device (a lifesaver)
- Life rafts
- Radio communication devices
- First aid supplies
The Des Moines lack of boat safety equipment lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help you recover the damages that you may be due.
Contact us at today (515) 705-0233.