There is abundant water in Louisiana, which makes it an ideal location to enjoy water-related activities like fishing and boating. Many of us spend our weekends and holidays relaxing at such places. However, sometimes the fun and relaxing activity can become tragic due to the negligence of a boater.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries monitors how local waterways are used by boaters. Just like vehicles that drive on roads, boats are required to follow certain rules that are intended to keep their passengers safe. When individuals break the rules associated with safe boating, LDWF steps in to enforce violations.
Employment is often at the center of most Louisianan's livelihood. Individuals look forward to working, particularly if their employment offers them the ability to sustain and maintain their lifestyles. Of course, the foundation of an individual's livelihood can all too often be shaken up by an accident. An accident can make working impossible or cause an indefinite delay in income.
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.