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Prevent Serious California Boating Accidents By Wearing Life Jackets

Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional start of summer, and the Modesto Bee reports that local officials are speaking out against the dangers of boating on the Central Valley’s waterways without a life jacket.

According to the National Safe Boating Council, 520 boating accidents were reported in California in 2008, along with 45 deaths.

California law requires anyone under the age of 13 to wear a life jacket while boating.

Other safety precautions include:

• Always ensure you are prepared. This means having the right safety equipment on board as well as basic first aid kits.

• Check the weather before you head out. Storms with thunder and lightening can crop up in an instant.

• Do not exceed your boat’s capacity in weight or horsepower.

• Passengers should remain seated.

For a complete list of boating safety tips, see the California Department of Boating and Waterways.

Unfortunately, boating accidents can and do occur. When an accident does occur, certain circumstances such as significant personal injury or boat damage require that you must file a report.

As a California boating enthusiast and personal injury attorney, I encourage you to follow some simple rules to ensure safety on California waterways. For more information, or if you have been injured in a boating accident, please contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.