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Sinclair Law Cautions Against Unsafe Airboat Practices

Sinclair Law urges boaters and boat passenger alike to practice safety while on the water this summer. Several helpful tips regarding proper airboating practices are offered by the firm.


Melbourne, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/07/2014 -- Airboats are a fun way to enjoy time on the water, but can be quite dangerous. After two men were injured in a recent airboat crash on the St. John’s River in Brevard County, Sinclair Law wants to remind people of some safety tips to help avoid such accidents.

“While helping people deal with legal and financial concerns associated with accidents is our business, we at Sinclair Law would prefer those accidents didn’t happen,” a firm spokesman said. “Airboats pose specific dangers other watercrafts do not, and it is imperative that people understand how to properly operate the machines before using them.”

The following tips can be useful for prospective airboaters to avoid a similar accident:

1.Pay particular attention to the propeller. The force it generates can draw small items from the boat through the propeller, which could damage the boat or cause the operator to lose control. Use coolers or other waterproof containers to store any small items before heading out.

2.Remember life jackets and other safety equipment. As with any other watercraft, the U.S. Coast Guard requires all airboat passengers to wear a personal floatation device while on board. Ear and eye protection is also recommended, as airboats are louder than other boats and can create flying debris.

3.Safety checks are a must. Before heading out, complete a preoperational check of the airboat and its components. Make sure the propeller magneto and battery switches are off and the key is removed from the ignition before performing any checks on the propeller or engine. Check all fluids and hoses, then start the engine and let it run for a couple of minutes. If everything is working properly while the engine is running, turn it off and check the fluids and hoses again.

4.Watch the weather. With any trip onto the water, knowing whether a storm is approaching is imperative. Because airboats can be more easily tossed around in rough seas, it is crucial that operators check the weather in advance and keep an eye on changing conditions while on the water.

Sinclair law wants you to follow these airboating tips for a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable summer.

About Sinclair Law
With over 30 years of personal injury and wrongful death legal experience, Brad Sinclair has been providing his legal expertise to victims in personal injury cases all throughout Brevard County in Florida, including the areas of Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Titusville. Sinclair Law specializes in personal injury cases involving motorcycle accidents, automotive accidents, and truck accidents, and staffs former insurance claims adjustors to help with each case. Visit today for more information.