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5 Beach Safety Tips

by Jared Staver in Personal Injury

Fun in the sun should create lasting memories of good times rather than pain and suffering. This is why knowing and following beach safety tips are so critical. You can avoid unnecessary challenges that could complicate your playtime on the sand and in the water if you make certain to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help if you find either yourself or someone you care about hurt in a beach-related accident. Contact us at (312) 236-2900 for a free consultation and let us help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Beach Safety Tips

Both the American Red Cross and the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) offer some practical – and potentially lifesaving – tips on how to stay safe during your next trip to the beach.

Here are a few top tips:

1.Swim near a lifeguard. Statistics gathered over 10 years show the likelihood of drowning without lifeguard protection is five times greater than with it. USLA calculates that the chance of drowning when a lifeguard can rescue you is just 1 in 18 million, so you should always swim within a lifeguard’s line of vision.

2.Swim with a friend. Drownings frequently involve single swimmers because there is no one to help them and/or to call for help. This is why you should swim with someone else rather than alone. After all, part of beach fun is spending time with family and friends, so take one of them along when you hit the waves.

3.Wear a life jacket. While it may not the most fashionable accessory, a life jacket could be the one that saves you from drowning in a boating accident. Eight in 10 (80 percent) of boating accident fatalities are due to drowning, often when people fall overboard or the boat sinks. Young children are especially at risk. Donning a life jacket could keep you afloat even in deep waters.

4.Obey the rules. Be certain to look for signs, flags, and other indicators that signal hazardous conditions and advise you where to avoid. Sometimes the warnings and regulations change, so keep a watch on the lifeguard stand for any information that might be posted during your trip to the beach. If you are uncertain what a sign or flag means, just ask.

5.Learn to swim. Knowing how to swim is the best way to avoid drowning. Protect yourself and your family by making certain everyone who joins you at the beach can swim. It could be the difference between life and death.

Liability When a Beach Accident Occurs

Following the tips above will hopefully mean your time at the beach is uncomplicated, but an accident may still unfortunately occur. If this should happen, then you need an experienced attorney to help you assess the situation, determine who is liable, and seek the compensation you deserve.

In some instances, the liable party may be a negligent adult to whom you entrusted your child’s safety. They may not have been as watchful as necessary when supervising a minor. In other instances, the employer of the lifeguard may be held responsible if the lifeguard has not been properly trained and certified in compliance with state standards. Most states require individuals to receive American Red Cross Lifeguard and CPR training before being hired. Failure to ensure a lifeguard’s knowledge and skills puts beachgoers lives in danger.

Moreover, pet owners must abide by the municipality’s laws if they want to take their pets to the beach with them. For instance, they may be required to make certain the animal is on a leash. Not complying with the law means the pet owner could be held responsible if the animal hurts someone.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for Help

Your fun at the beach should not lead to a preventable accident, so use good judgment and put safety first when heading to the beach. If you find yourself the victim of an accident through no fault of your own, then let the Chicago personal injury attorneys with Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. help. Call us at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free consultation.

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