September 28th, 2015| Anyone riding in a watercraft is at risk of injury due to an accident or negligence, but statistics show children are at an especially high risk. Our California boat accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers explain an incident that occurred this past weekend along the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta underscores the risks children face on the water. The boat carrying the victim was on the water at approximately 6:48 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, when it suddenly struck an object in the water. The impact of the collision was so immense, it disabled the boat and caused the child to be thrown and injured. An article from NBC Bay Area News says the victim was transported to a local hospital in order to receive treatment. The incident highlights the need to keep three key safety tips in mind at all times when on the water.
- Operate Defensively– Obey speed limits and eliminate distractions that could prevent you from keeping your eyes on the water.
- Always Sit Down– When a watercraft is in motion, it’s important that you stay seated until the vessel has come to a complete stop.
- Wear a Life Preserver– There should be one lifejacket on board the boat for each passenger and each person should wear their life preserver at all times.