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What is behind the upswing in South Carolina boat accidents?

In the first half of 2017 alone, reports listed 40 recreational boating accidents in the state of South Carolina, and those included five fatalities.

The Department of Natural Resources is among the agencies that compile such statistics. Along with the numbers, some issues have emerged that the DNR believes might explain why there are so many accidents on the water.

Is the neck injury you suffered covered under the Jones Act?

Work on a commercial fishing vessel includes some potentially dangerous situations. If you were involved in a slip-and-fall accident while aboard, you are wondering if the Jones Act covers your injury.

If you suffered the injury through no fault but your own, you will not be eligible for benefits. However, if your employer's negligence was the cause of your injury, general maritime law protects you as well as the Jones Act.

What lessons can be learned from the Fitzgerald disaster?

You may captain a cruise ship, a fishing vessel or a cabin cruiser. If you are an experienced sailor, becoming involved in a collision with another ship or small craft may be the furthest thing from your mind, but as we have recently seen, a collision can indeed occur.

In June 2017, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship in the sea off Japan. Seven sailors were killed on the destroyer. The question everyone wants to know is: How could this happen?

Understanding parasailing risks and safety precautions

You may be looking forward to a South Carolina vacation that is focused on water sports such as parasailing. If you have never participated in this activity, you are in for a thrill, but be aware of the risks involved.

Parasailing is a unique experience, and it requires due diligence. Making sure you understand the safety standards and how the equipment should work will give you confidence. You want to do as much as you can to avoid injury.

Can you identify the major cause of boating fatalities?

South Carolina is a wonderful vacation spot, especially for those who enjoy boating. You might bring your own powerboat or rent a sailboat. You may be an experienced boater or someone who is just learning the ropes. What you want is to enjoy a day on the water, and what you need to avoid, at all costs, is a tragedy.

There are four main causes of boating accidents, and one of them is responsible for most of the boating fatalities on record.

Avoid a bow riding accident on your rented pontoon boat

If you are a visitor to South Carolina and enjoying water activities in the Myrtle Beach area, you may be interested in renting a pontoon boat. A voyage to Bird Island with a picnic lunch to enjoy might be the perfect outing for your family.

The owner of your rental pontoon should provide safety instructions before you leave the harbor. Those instructions should include a warning against bow riding.

Do you qualify for injury compensation under the Jones Act?

You may have been working aboard a merchant ship since you were old enough to go to sea. On the other hand, you may have just completed your first six months as a crew member on a commercial fishing vessel. The job is exciting but dangerous, and if you suffered an injury, you may be wondering if you can claim compensation.

Whether you are a seaman, deckhand or the captain of a cruise ship, you are entitled to compensatory damages under the Jones Act in addition to any other compensation that might be available.

Life jackets important for boating safety

Memorial Day kicked off the boating season in South Carolina. But when you're having fun out on the water, always take care to avoid tragedy if you end up in it. Last year, of the 23 people who died in boating-related accidents, 91 percent died of drowning. 

The Department of Natural Resources released safety rules for boats, recommending that every boater has a personal flotation device or life vest. While a PFD cannot prevent an accident, it will reduce the risk of dying if you fall in the water. 

Did you break your elbow on a charter fishing trip?

Because you love having a rod and reel in your hands, you spent some of your vacation time on a charter fishing excursion. Any avid fisherman would look forward to such a time, but in your case, the unexpected happened. Rough seas developed and you were struck by equipment that was not properly secured on deck, leading to a broken elbow.

Charter boat accidents are often the result of lax safety precautions. If negligence was to blame for your injury, an attorney experienced with maritime laws may assist you in obtaining the appropriate compensation from the parties responsible.

Balance fun with safety in water sports

You may have decided to take a long weekend getaway to Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach. You and your spouse are going to rent jet skis, but you are also going to try parasailing for the first time, although you are a bit uneasy about it. Keep in mind that in addition to swimming, every kind of water activity, including deep sea fishing or simply cruising around in a power boat, comes with risk, but risk is part of life; it figures into all kinds of enjoyable activities. You have to approach water sports with a healthy dose of respect, always keeping safety in mind.

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