It is Summer time and many of us will be taking to the water to beat the heat. Whether you spend your time on Tygart Lake, Cheat Lake or Deep Creek Lake or the Monongahela or Ohio Rivers and whether you operate PWC, cabin cruiser, or a bass boat, be sure to stay safe this summer. Thoroughly inspect your boat prior to launch and everytime you take it out. If you are uncertain about the safety or seaworthiness of your boat, the U.S. Coast Guard offers free vessel inspections through the Coast Guard Auxillary and United States Power Squadron. You can sign up here.

When on the water, be certain to have sufficient life vests on board, always have a sober skipper, and always operate your vessel appropriately for the conditions. For more information, checkout theU.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ boater safety pagehere. At Goddard & Wagoner, our injury lawyers handle many types of motor vehicle injuries, including boating or PWC accidents or crashes. If you or a loved one have been injured in a boating accident or PWC accident that may be someone else’s fault, call our office for a free consultation.(304) 933-1411 or contact us through the website here.