Boating is an enjoyable leisure activity performed by many in Louisiana. However, like other activities involving motorized vehicles, there is an inherent danger in operating or riding in a boat. A boat could be involved in an unexpected collision at any time and those injured should know their rights in such an event.
Boating can be a leisurely and relaxing activity that individuals or families can enjoy. Operators of boats must not lose their focus on the water, however, as doing so could lead to unnecessary dangers and result in serious injuries.
Lafayette residents are fond of enjoying the state's beaches and waterways and many take every possible opportunity to do so. Swimming and boating are all favorite pastimes for locals. Unfortunately, when some fail to follow basic safety requirements and act in a reckless or negligent manner, the results can be tragic.
A six year-old Louisiana girl was left in critical condition after a boating accident this week. She remains at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, hopefully to make a full recovery. Sadly, such critical injuries are all too common following boat accidents. Thus, it is important for boaters to be familiar with Louisiana laws and regulations relating to boating to help minimize accidents, injuries and the related damages.
As the summer months approach, more people are venturing out on the water. Water sports, like boating, should be approached with caution. Boating accidents are not uncommon. As with the operation of any motor vehicle, reasonable care must be exercised when operating a boat.