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7 Boating Safety Tips

July 7, 2017

Beating the heat in the summer is so simple if you just add water. From speed boats to pontoons to jet skis and beyond, the cool spray of water colliding with a gust of wind is far more refreshing than spending the day in the air conditioning. Regardless if you like to spend your time on the water catching rays or waves, there is no shortage of activities that anyone can enjoy. For those who want to relax, sunbathing on the deck is the way to go. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, skiing and tubing are much more thrilling. It is, however, critical to remember that boating accounts for thousands of injuries and deaths each year. To ensure you, your friends and your family have fun and stay safe, we suggest following these seven boating safety tips.

Take a Boating Safety Course

While boater education requirements differ state to state, it is essential to understand water safety, boating safety, and rules of operation. There are even online boater education programs, which make it much more convenient to complete the training before you get behind the wheel — or helm.

Check the Weather

Sure, you want the weather to be sunny when you go out for a day of boating, but did you know that heavy winds can cause dangerous conditions on the water? The speed of the water vehicle also greatly increases hazards on rough waters. If you see high speed winds, storms, lightning, or other unsafe weather on the radar, it would be in your best interest to choose another day to go to the lake.  

Stock an Emergency Kit

In life, there is one thing that is certain: nothing is certain. To safeguard your passengers in case of an emergency, we propose stocking a kit with antiseptic, waterproof bandages, gauze, medical tape, motion-sickness bags, and pain reliever. While you could pack a suitcase full of protective items, make sure you at least have the essentials.

 

Pack Enough Floatation Devices

The law in Missouri requires any person aboard a watercraft, age seven or under, to be wearing a life vest at all times; while the law in Illinois states that all people under 13 must wear a lifejacket while onboard a boat. Although, it is a general best practice to have one life jacket for each individual on board any water vehicle. It is also recommended to check state laws before embarking on an adventure to make sure you are compliant with all regulations.

Designate a Sober Driver

Drinking and driving is known to be treacherous, and operating a boat under the influence is no different. If the driver of a boat is detained by authorities, they can even be charged with a BUI (Boating Under the Influence). It is highly advised that any motorist remain sober while behind the wheel to prevent injury of others onboard and driving passed.

Be Aware of Propellers

When stationary, boat propellers are extraordinarily sharp; when engaged, they are deadly. All drivers and passengers should be mindful of where every propeller is located in order to avoid serious damage and possible death.

Retain Access to Navigation

After a long, tiring day, the last thing any boater wants to hear is, “I think we’re lost.” GPS units or navigational charts are extremely helpful in guiding your way back to the correct dock. The injury lawyers at Eason Law Firm recommend using one or the other, or having both on board as an extra security measure.

 

No matter what body of water you plan on diving into from your boat this summer, having an understanding of what could go wrong is the best way to be prepared. You can never be too safe with the lives of your family and friends. To learn more about boating safety laws and regulations in Missouri, visit mo.gov. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident and need help, call the expert injury attorneys at Eason Law Firm today at (314) 932-1066.

Have fun and be safe out there!


Roadway Safety: Avoiding a Motorcycle Accident

June 9, 2017

With nice weather rolling across the Midwest this time of year, we’re sure to see our fair share of motorcyclists on St. Louis roadways. It is important for everyone on the road to watch out for these drivers as they are especially susceptible to injury from an accident. At Eason Law, we understand knowledge is power, so here are six rules of the road for riders to avoid motorcycle crashes. By following these tips bikers, can ensure they will safely enjoy another ride.


Springtime Hazards: Driving Safely on Wet Roads

May 12, 2017

April showers bring May flowers – and wet roads – to our cities. Here in the St. Louis area, we get everything from a light drizzle to pounding downpours that result in flooded roads. To stay safe while driving in springtime’s hazardous weather, follow these tips for before and during your trip.


DISTRACTED DRIVING: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

April 20, 2017

Getting behind the wheel of a car is one of the most common occurrences in our day-to-day lives. Whether we’re on the way to work, driving to the grocery store or out to meet with friends, operating a vehicle is something most of us will do on any given day. What’s unfortunately just as common is the number of auto-related injuries and deaths that occur while a driver is distracted and gets into a car accident.


Do I have a Medical Malpractice Case?

March 17, 2017

Before donning their white coat, your doctor took an oath to “do no harm,” which is reassuring since you’re often putting your life in their hands. But, what if your doctor’s care does more harm than good?


Five things you need to know about Wrongful Death Lawsuit Claims

February 1, 2017

First, let’s cover what exactly a Wrongful Death Lawsuit is. Most simply, it’s a civil lawsuit (not a criminal case) brought against someone legally responsible for another person’s death due to wrongful conduct or negligence.


Driving on Winter Roads: How to Stay Safe

January 9, 2017

This winter, it’s important to be mindful of the weather. Not just to know how many layers you need to bundle up in, but also how to get where you need to go safely. If you aren’t one of the lucky ones who gets snow days, how can you avoid winter-weather car accidents?


Common Holiday Injuries and How to Avoid Them

December 7, 2016

The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most dangerous. As the lights come out and trees go up, many get injured in holiday decorating tasks.


Medical Malpractice: What You Should Know

November 4, 2016

When you are battling an illness or injury, you should be able to rely on your doctor to provide you with the proper care you need. However, there are thousands of cases of medical malpractice every year due to doctors’ being negligent and not giving you the solution you need. Patients then can face detrimental consequences that can prohibit them from living their normal lives.


Power Tool Safety: 3 Tips to Prevent Injury

October 5, 2016

After a long hot summer, autumn has finally come. As this favorite time of year takes place, most will be getting into repair and renovation projects on their houses and backyards. Many power tools–from saws to drills to nail guns–are necessary for these repairs. Here are three Important tool safety tips that are crucial in operation of these dangerous pieces of equipment. 


Do I Need A Lawyer: Should I Negotiate My Injury Claim With The Insurance Company?

September 26, 2016

We all know that one person.  He says, “Why pay a lawyer? You can do it yourself! I settled my claim on my own.”  I want to share a story with you.  I received a call from a potential client in March 2016. 


The Debt Collector in the Digital Age

September 21, 2016

As the years pass and technology develops, so does more and more opportunities for debt collectors to harass debtors. Gone are the days of debt collectors solely knocking at your door and calling your landline phone.


Protect Yourself from Personal Injury: How to Handle and Prevent Boating Accident

August 26, 2016

This coming Labor Day is a major boating holiday, especially in Missouri and Illinois. Many families head to the Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock or Rend Lake to close out their summer. Unfortunately, many recreational boating trips end with accidents, whether personal injury or property damage.


Personal Injury: What Constitutes an Injury

August 12, 2016

Personal Injury cases are mainly due to negligence on the responsible party. You deserve to be taken care of whether you were in a car wreck, truck accident, workplace accident, or were the victim of medical malpractice or wrongful death.


The Basics of Missouri Personal Injury Law

July 21, 2016

From “pain and suffering” caps, to economic damages, to statute of limitations and more, there is a lot to know about Missouri’s personal injury laws. Make sure you always talk to a professional before you make any decision about when, where, and how you should handle your personal injury case.


The 3 Most Common Types of Product Liability

May 23, 2016

Products we use in our everyday lives, when created and used correctly, provide relief, improve our quality of life, and keep us safe. When those products are defective or labeled incorrectly, they can cause serious harm and even death. The law that governs these is referred to as “product liability.”


How to Prevent Motor Vehicle Personal Injury Accidents

April 27, 2016

The Eason Law Firm has a consistent track record of taking on and winning complicated personal injury cases. But we also recognize that a number of the cases that come to our office stem from preventable incidents.


What you need to know about medical malpractice damage caps in Missouri

March 30, 2016

Laws pertaining to personal injury litigation are frequently subject to change, and this has recently proved especially true in Missouri.


Traffic accidents caused by winter weather: do you have a case?

February 24, 2016

The first day of Spring is about one month away, which means there is still plenty of time for winter weather to cause problems in our communities.


Why you shouldn’t wait to contact an attorney for personal injury cases

January 22, 2016

It can take a long time for you or a loved one to fully recover physically and mentally from a personal injury. Whether you’re involved in a traffic accident or you’re the victim of medical malpractice, the damage can be devastating and long-lasting.


What to do if your credit report is wrong

January 6, 2016

A number – just one number, determines so much of your life. Your credit score can affect where you live, if you get that new job you interviewed for, and whether your car loan is approved or not. It is important to know what your credit score is, and if it is accurate.


What You Need to Know About the Volkswagen Scandal

November 5, 2015

In the last two months, Volkswagen has admitted that over 11 million vehicles have a “defeat device” installed. This software was installed on as many as 500,000 cars in the U.S. and is used to trick regulators into believing the car is compliant with “clean diesel” regulations, even though it isn’t. Some cars are actually emitting up to 9 times the acceptable limit.


How to Spot a Fake Debt Collection Agency

October 13, 2015

While a call from a legitimate debt collection agency might not be particularly pleasant, one with a scammer can be downright dangerous to your financial health. Learn how to spot a fake and what to do to avoid being ripped off.


Is Bankruptcy Right for You?

September 10, 2015

While there are several different types of bankruptcy and even more reasons that you might be considering filing; there’s one question that’s more important than all the rest – is bankruptcy right for you?

Bankruptcy is right for you if…


How To Improve Your Credit Score

August 1, 2015

Are you shopping for a new car or looking to move into that downtown apartment? Before either of those dreams can become reality, you’ll have to answer one little question – what’s your credit score?

If that’s a question that you dread answering, follow these tips to improve you credit score.


Can I Sue a Debt Collection Agency for Harassment?

July 1, 2015

The short answer is, yes, you can sue a debt collection agency for harassment.

But, before you do, make sure you know what harassment means under The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).


3 Things You Should Know Before Filing for Bankruptcy

June 1, 2015

Are you up to your neck in high-interest credit card payments and old medical bills even after taking out a second mortgage on your home?

You don’t have to fight the debt collection agencies alone. Here are three things you should know about bankruptcy before you file.


What to Do if You’re Being Harassed by a Debt Collection Agency

May 1, 2015

If you’re being harassed by a debt collection agency, remember that it’s just that – harassment. You still have rights under the law. Here’s what to do if you’re being harassed by a debt collection agency.


Credit Repair: Is There Really Such A Thing?

October 14, 2014

Answer: Not Really.  The service they are offering is a service to which you already have access.  For free.  A system to dispute inaccuracies has been in place for years.  The Credit Reporting Agencies (Trans Union, Experian and Equifax) process thousands of disputes each month.  You can mail in your disputes or you can do it online.  There’s absolutely no reason to pay a company to do it for you.   Call my office at (314) 932-1066 to schedule an appointment and I’ll give you the dispute letter free of charge.  Now, let’s talk about credit “repair.”


FDCPA Class Action Settlement Gets Approved by the Court

October 9, 2014

A federal judge has approved a class action settlement against Collection Acquisition Company, LLC for violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  In Jackson v. Collection Acquisition Company, LLC, Case No. 13-cv-00570 (ED Mo.), the Court approved a settlement of $10,000 to be distributed among the class members.  The named Plaintiff in the case was approved to receive $4,000 for his participation and prosecution of the case.  Mr. Jackson was represented by James W. Eason of the Eason Law Firm, LLC located in St. Louis, Missouri.


What to do if you are in a Car Accident

November 7, 2013

We call car crashes “accidents.”  But when someone runs a stop sign, is talking/texting on their phone or driving too fast for trafficconditions, where’s the accident?  When a person drives a car, they assume the responsibility to obey all traffic


Garnishment 101:What You Don’t Know Can Cost You

March 28, 2013

“They said they would garnish me, so I paid.” Unfortunately, I hear this a lot. A scared client comes into my office after being bullied by an aggressive debt collector. “I wish you would have come to the office before you paid.” That’s usually what I say. Certain things MUST happen before a debt collector can take your hard earned money from your bank account.


The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: A Few Basic Rules

March 1, 2013

I get it. Money is hard to come by. Times are tough and it’s hard to make ends meet. Most people are just a hint of bad luck away (unforeseen medical bills, too much spending, etc.) from being in major financial dire straits. Third party collections are on the rise. Even though you owe the money, you still have rights. Here are a few things to remember: