As San Diego accident attorneys, we are concerned that there have already
been several fatal California boating accidents this summer. Most recently,
a teen was killed in a tragic tubing accident on a Fresno-area river.
In another recent incident, the
19-year-old son of country singer Craig Morgan died after being thrown from a tube while boating in the waters of Kentucky
Lake in Humphreys County, Tennessee. Officials believe Jerry Greer likely
collided with another person on the tube when it flipped. While he was
wearing a life jacket, it was not Coast-Guard approved.
To avoid a tragic accident, local water skiers, wake boarders, and tubers
should follow all California laws. For instance, state law provides that
anyone being towed behind a vessel must wear a Type I, II, III, or V Coast
Guard-approved life jacket. In addition, California law requires there
to be at least two persons aboard a boat towing a water skier: the operator,
and an observer 12 years of age or older.
If you plan to go tubing this summer, we encourage you to keep the following
additional safety precautions in mind:
Know your equipment: It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations
for water tubing capacity in terms of size and weight, number of riders,
age limits, and maximum towing speed.
Know your rider: Drivers should always exercise common sense when it comes to the experience
of the person on the tube. This is particularly true with small children.
While sharp turns, high speeds, and big waves can be fun, these should
never come at the expense of rider safety.
Be aware of water regulations: Become familiar with the specific regulations governing the particular
body of water, especially towing speeds.
Drive Responsibly: The driver should be alert, sober, and have a solid grasp of boating rules
and regulations. Be respectful of and keep your distance from other boats
in the area when water tubing, and always keep an eye out for additional
water hazards such as rocks, docks, and buoys.
Use a secure tow line: It’s important to always verify that the tow line is securely tied
before starting the boat. Also check for signs of wear, tear, and fraying,
and replace as needed. Be sure to only use rope that is specifically designated
for towing inflatables.
Check before you start: Never start the boat without first making sure that your rider is ready
to go. This means that they have a firm grip on the line, are properly
positioned on the tube, and that the line is properly and safely positioned.
Handle wakes with care: Slow the boat speed when crossing wakes. Bouncing off wakes at extremely
high speeds can cause back injury.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious injury in a California
boating accident, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. After a serious accident, we can advocate on your behalf
to help hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions and seek
the compensation you deserve.