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Five Key Causes of Wisconsin Boating Accidents

Know how to avoid Wisconsin Boating Accidents

Getting out on the water provides some of the great summer recreation in Wisconsin. As more people fill the lakes, though, the potential for danger rises. You need to be careful and know what you are doing. Otherwise, accidents happen. Eisenberg Law Offices is there to help, but we want you to be safe first. Avoid the following causes of most Wisconsin boating accidents.

1. Inexperience

Everyone has to start somewhere, but people with less experience handling boats are more likely to have accidents. You can mitigate this by going out with someone more experienced. You should also practice in less crowded or more open water, to build experience before you take on too much.

2. Going Too Fast

Just like driving, running your boat at high speeds gives you less margin for error. The faster you go, the less time you have to react to anything happening in front of you. Slow down and pay attention when you are boating.

3. Disrespecting Mother Nature

If you don’t like the weather in Wisconsin, wait a minute. The weather here changes quickly, and on a boat, that can have a big impact on what you are doing. Shifting and gusting wind can change the water under you quickly. Pay attention to the weather and make the adjustments you can to keep from losing control.

4. Carelessness

Boating can be one of the most relaxing activities you enjoy. If you are not careful, though, you can run into problems with other boaters, swimmers, or a boatload of other sources of accidents. Keep your focus, and make sure someone is watching for lurking dangers.

5. Maintenance Problems

Just like your car, your boat requires regular maintenance. Keep the bottom clean and the rudder clear. Clean and maintain the engine. The more you do to ensure all is working well, the less likely a maintenance problem gets you into trouble. 

Boating in Wisconsin is very much a leisure activity, but you still need to focus and be careful. If you’ve been involved in a boating accident that someone else caused, contact Eisenberg Law Offices today.