Navigating the Risks of Boating in Alberta

Boating is a popular recreational summer activity in Alberta. However, it is important to remember that boating carries inherent risks and challenges which may lead to serious accidents, injuries, or even fatalities. According to the Canadian Red Cross, Alberta witnessed 41 preventable boating-related deaths between 2010 and 2019. 

Boating accidents may occur due to a variety of reasons. A lack of experience, or training, often means many boaters do not possess the necessary knowledge, or skills to operate a boat safely. They are not equipped to handle emergencies, nor do they have the ability to navigate their way safely through diverse weather conditions using safety equipment, while adhering to water rules. 

Boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is not only illegal, but also extremely dangerous. It can compromise judgement, reaction time, balance, and coordination, escalating the risk of serious collisions and injuries including capsizing, or falling overboard. 

Speeding or reckless behaviour, including wave jumping, making sharp turns, or towing skiers, or tubers, can lead to losing control, collisions, and catastrophic injuries. 

Further, equipment failure, or malfunction due to poor mechanical maintenance, “wear and tear,” and/or defects, may result in issues including steering problems, engine failure, electrical glitches, or fuel leaks, jeopardizing the boat’s safety and performance. 

Despite these risks, boating can be a safe and enjoyable activity when boat users take the proper precautions using responsible safety measures. 

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a boat accident, crash, or collision, it is important to know your rights. Contact the experienced Legal Team at Pipella Law; and let us help you navigate the complex legal system, to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. 

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