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Booze and boats do not mix

Few things are more relaxing than spending an afternoon on one of South Carolina’s waterways. After all, tourists and locals flock to the state’s gorgeous rivers, lakes and ocean. If you combine alcohol with your boating adventure, though, you may be asking for trouble. 

You do not want your boating vacation to turn into a nightmare. Most residents of the Palmetto State understand why they should not drink and drive a car. For some reason, though, that logic does not necessarily translate to boats. Still, operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol is dangerous. Here are three reasons booze and boats do not mix: 

4 reasons boating accidents occur

If you are planning your dream vacation, Myrtle Beach is an excellent destination. After all, eastern South Carolina has miles of ocean and lake to explore. Spending a few hours on a boating excursion is a fantastic way for you to make memories that last a lifetime. 

When you and your family climb onboard a boat, you want to stay safe. Unfortunately, boating accidents can cause long-term injuries or death. If you or a member of your party gets hurt, you may need to act diligently to receive compensation for your injuries. Still, by understanding boating accidents, you can better protect your family on vacation. Here are four reasons boat accidents usually occur: 

Keep this in mind about South Carolina boating regulations

Recreational boating in South Carolina is not as predictable as the roads, which have traffic signs and signals and a mostly undynamic surface to minimize collisions. Many people, novice and experienced boaters, end up in accidents on their watercrafts due to recklessness, poor judgment and other factors.

With proper precautions, boating can be a safe and fun activity for the entire family. Just like car accidents, boating incidents can occur unexpectedly regardless of skill and equipment. The potential for catastrophic events that result in people ending up overboard, drowning and hurt by other objects is always present. To minimize the risk of recreational boating and watercraft accidents and injuries, here is a brief breakdown of boating regulations every boater should know.

Essential parasailing safety tips

Parasailing is one of the most fun activities to do in South Carolina. Whether you are a local or tourist, you may enjoy the thrill of gliding above the beautiful views. This recreational activity gives you an unforgettable experience and exhilarating adrenaline rush.

But while parasailing is enjoyable, it can also be dangerous. Whether it is your first or tenth time parasailing, it is vital to remember some safety tips. 

Filing a personal injury claim under the Jones Act

Working on a cruise ship provides you with opportunities to go places and see things on the job that many people only dream about. In spite of its location on the water, your work environment includes many of the same hazards employees face on land.

Workers' compensation laws do not apply at sea, so what do you do if you sustain an injury on a cruise ship? Nearly a century ago, lawmakers created and passed the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the Jones Act, to help answer this question.

How to prevent a boating vacation from going wrong

When people book their vacations in South Carolina destinations like the ever-popular Myrtle Beach, the last thing on their minds is the risk involved with boating accidents. However, these types of accidents are much more common among tourists than most people realize.

One small boating accident can have a lifelong negative impact, especially if you suffer permanent injuries. There are ways to minimize the risk of getting into a dangerous boating crash, however. Here are a few tips you can use as you embark on your South Carolina boating vacation.

3 dangers of jet ski rental on your vacation

When you are on your vacation in Myrtle Beach, watersports are likely one of the first activities you may plan to add to your itinerary. The area stretching from Mount Pleasant in the south to Myrtle Beach in the north, off of South Carolina's coast, is a very popular tourist attraction for watersports enthusiasts both new and experienced.

One major attraction for tourists is renting a jet ski for recreation. There are many risks associated with jet skis, however, especially for people who have never used one before. Learn about a few specific risks involved in jet ski rental so that you can be prepared if you decide to rent a jet ski on your South Carolina beach vacation.

Thinking about parasailing? Keep these 4 pointers in mind

One activity you might have your sights on in the Myrtle Beach area is parasailing. Sure, it seems like a fun and thrilling activity to try at least once in your life, but there are dangers you should know of first. Many first-time and novice parasailers end up hurt or dead because of preventable parasailing accidents.

Parasailing accidents happen all the time. Even if you choose a reputable company/operator, be sure to consider the following safety pointers on parakiting

When boating injuries fall under maritime law

South Carolina offers a wide variety of exciting boating activities. However, these activities can also lead to serious injury. While understanding your environment and taking appropriate precautions can go a long way to keeping you safe, unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee other people will be as careful.

If you suffer an injury on the water due to another person's negligence, you may be considering filing a lawsuit. Doing so can help you obtain financial recovery for the damages suffered because of the injury.

What are the next steps if you fall ill on your cruise?

The frequent news reports about gastrointestinal illnesses aboard cruise ships may have you wondering if you should cancel the sailing you have been looking forward to.

How do cruise companies control outbreaks of stomach viruses? Does the law provide opportunities to seek financial compensation in the event you or a member of your family falls ill if one of these epidemics occurs?

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