Summertime in Wisconsin is perfect for enjoying time on the water. Whether you are setting sail on a family-friendly pontoon, fishing boat, or old canoe, a day on the lake just can’t be beaten.

However, there are safety risks involved with boating. Speeding, negligence, drinking, and inexperience are all common causes of boating accidents in Wisconsin. In this post, we want to share a few tips to help you stay safe on the water this summer.

How to Stay Safe While Boating in Wisconsin

  • Wearing a life jacket - According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 80% of boating accident deaths could be avoided by wearing life jackets. When a boating accident occurs, you have limited time to stretch and get your stowed life jackets. Therefore, it is advisable to ensure that you and everyone on board has a life jacket while boating.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol - Alcohol consumption while boating is illegal and endangers the lives of everyone on board. Remember that intoxicated swimmers and passengers are also more likely to drown.
  • Be weather-wise - Whether you are operating a boat during the summer, spring or fall season, always consider carrying a radio and watching out for the weather. Sometimes, wind shifts and choppy water can be telltale signs of a brewing storm. Get to shore as soon as you realize the weather is about to change.
  • Don’t overload the boat - It’s essential to follow your boat’s load limit restrictions. Overloading your boat can make it unstable and surge the risk of swamping or capsizing.
  • Ensure all operators are trained - Human error is a leading cause of boating accidents. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that all operators can effectively navigate and operate the boat. You can do this by ensuring boating operators take a boating safety course that includes reading the weather, boat handling, and navigation.
  • Maintain a safe speed - Like on the road, you can face penalties or fines for overspeeding on the water. Since there are no lanes on water and different water vessels zig-zag everywhere, it can be challenging for speeding boats to avoid collisions. Therefore, it is essential to ensure you excess caution and obey the speed limits.

What Should You Do After a Boating Accident?

After a boating accident, you should ensure that everyone on board is safe. If there are injuries, loss of life, property damage in excess of $2,000 or the total loss of a boat, you are required to report the incident to law enforcement without delay.  

As with other accidents, it is essential to gather evidence immediately. You need to collect police reports, witness testimonies, videos, and photos of the scene. A Milwaukee boating accident attorney will help you gather the evidence you need to establish a strong case against the party at fault.

Contact a Milwaukee Boating Accident Attorney

At Natasha Misra Law, we are ready to help you get the compensation you need to move forward after a boat accident. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist in strengthening your case.

Worrying about the safety of your newborn is totally normal. But just like everything else you will learn to do as a parent, driving with a baby on board will become second nature. 

There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your child is protected and that you keep them as safe as possible while on the road. In this blog, we will discuss a few safe driving tips that all new parents should know about.

Use the Right Car Seat

Infant safety seats come in different styles, and types and not all of them are designed to fit every car. Choosing the right seat can help you keep your baby safe and protected at all times. The right seat for your little one will be sized appropriately according to the baby's size, age, height, and weight.

The car seat should also have good ratings and be compatible with your vehicle's seats as well as the anchor systems. Ensure the seat is up to the NHTSA standards and easy to install in your car. It helps to ask for a test installation before purchasing a safety seat for your child.

Consider Your Baby's Needs When Planning for the Journey

If you're planning a long-distance trip, ensure you set up appropriate times for feeding and changing. Otherwise, you'll be caught up between tasks, which isn't a great experience when driving. You don't want your baby to become irritated or uncomfortable. Feed and change your baby before you hit the road. Also, remember to pack everything you need, including toys, to help keep your baby quiet and entertained in the car.

Don't Leave Your Little One Alone in the Car

You should never leave your baby in the vehicle alone, even when you feel it is safe to do so. Not only can leaving a child in a car result in overheating, but accidents can also still occur that put your baby at risk of physical harm. No matter the situation, be sure to take your baby with you every time you park and leave your vehicle.

Practice Defensive Driving

Having defensive driving skills as a new parent is essential. That means you're in ready mode—prepared for the unexpected, staying alert, controlled speed, and reacting calmly to other drivers. Additionally, you should try to avoid distractions at all costs, whether they're from your baby, your phone, or other road users. That way, you'll remain focused and avoid hazardous situations.

Need an Experienced Milwaukee Car Accident Attorney? Call us Today

It's your responsibility to make sure your baby is safe on the road. Ensure the baby is strapped correctly to the safety seat, well-fed, and avoid unnecessary distractions when driving. However, in case you encounter an inevitable accident, we are here to help.

Natasha Misra

My law practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. My background and experience help me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.