Yes, a lot of fun has been had on the Lake of the Ozarks and this is the #1 Recreational Lake in the Nation (USA Today) for good reason. That being said, too many boat accidents at the Lake of the Ozarks have happened over the years. Lives have been lost and people have been injured. When you look at the numbers and see how many accidents have happened, it may leave you wondering – why? Keep reading this week’s blog for a few main reasons why boat accidents happen at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you or someone you know has been injured in a boat accident, call our boat accident lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks today for your free consultation. We can be reached at 417-532-2191.
TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THE BOAT.
If your boat has way too many people on in it, then you could have a hard time driving it successfully. The overcrowded boat will most likely result in your blocked view and difficulty seeing other boats on the Lake, bouys, debris in the water or surrounding docks.
THE BOAT IS TRAVELING AT DANGEROUS SPEEDS.
Every summer thousands of people come to the Lake of the Ozarks to visit. It becomes a very popular vacation destination that time of year. With all those people on boats on the water, when just as few as one boat excessively speeds through, it can cause a world of damage. It doesn’t take long for a horrific boating accident to happen.
THE BOAT CAPTAIN DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH BOATING EXPERIENCE TO HANDLE INTENSE SITUATIONS.
You should not be boating unless you have had the proper boating courses and training. You also need to have a legal boating license to drive a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks. There are several free boating safety courses you can find around here by doing a simple internet search. An inexperienced boater may not know how to react quickly when needed or how to boat over strong wakes.
THE BOAT CAPTAIN FAILED TO PAY ATTENTION WHILE OPERATING THE BOAT.
Distracted boating can mean a lot of things, from eating while driving the boat to talking to other people on the boat and not paying attention while driving it. Just be sure you have no one sitting in front of you blocking your view while driving the boat, you need to be able to see everything.
THE BOAT CAPTAIN WAS INTOXICATED.
You should never try to boat if you are drunk or under the influence of drugs. The risks are just too great and it simply isn’t worth it.
Boat Safely at the Lake of the Ozarks!
Despite all of the boating accidents that have happened at the Lake of the Ozarks, it IS possible to have a good time out on the Lake while boating, you just need to be safe about it. Avoid boating while intoxicated, keep lifejackets on board, pay attention and boat at a safe speed. Again, if you do end up in a boating accident and need experienced legal representation to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries, please call Deputy and Mizell today. We can be reached at the number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.
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