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Boating and Water Safety in Maryland: Tips Provided by Hunt Valley Personal Injury Lawyers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately ten people die each day of accidental drowning.  Consider these statistics:

  • Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages one through fourteen
  • Nearly 80 percent of drowning victims are male
  • More than 55 percent of drowning victims who survive require higher-level medical care for serious injury, including neurological impairment and brain damage

Our law firm can help with your  personal injury matters resulting from accidents around water and boating.  Most of these accidents result from some kind of negligence—at lake, beach, or poolside.  Sometimes there is inadequate supervision, defective pool equipment, or use of alcohol while boating.

Staying safe in and near the water is a skill everyone can learn .  Consider these tips:

  • Swimming is a life skill.  Make sure you and your family can swim.
  • Obey posted signs.
  • Use an approved life jacket when needed or required.
  • Enter water feet first unless area is clearly marked for diving.
  • Know your environment—be aware of changes in depth or shoreline configuration that could lead to dangerous conditions like rip currents.  Leave water at the first sign of bad weather.
  • Do not boat when impaired, or with anyone impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • Inform others of boating plans in case of emergency.

When boating or swimming, respect the rules that keep you and others safe.

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