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'Tis the season for safe boating

Summer is upon us, which means residents of New York will soon be flocking to the state's many waterways for sunny days of boating, fishing and other water-related activities. Unfortunately that also means that people are at an increased risk of becoming involved in boating-related accidents.

In response to this risk, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office will be conducting increased patrols around local lakes and rivers. In addition, navigation deputies will patrol state waters to make sure boaters and their vessels are prepared for the season.

Part of this effort includes routine inspections of boats and their safety equipment. Boat owners and operators should be sure they flares, an anchor and life jackets. A boat should always have a life jacket on board for every person on the boat and they should be easy to access in the event of an emergency.

Boating under the influence is a major threat to safety. If your summer boating plans include alcohol it is important to always designate a sober operator.

If you or someone you love have been injured in a vehicle accident, whether at land, or at sea, you may be able to pursue a civil claim for damages including medical bills, lost wages from an inability to work or pain and suffering.

After an accident it may be wise to get in touch with a personal injury attorney experienced in related matters. The right lawyer can work with you to help you review your accident, understand your legal rights and help you seek the appropriate compensation.

Source: Your News Now, “Boating safety focus on holiday weekend,” Sarah Blazonis, May 26, 2013

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