As the weather improves and temperatures heat up, thousands of Arkansans will head for lakes and rivers for fun and recreation. Nobody loves water sports and fun at the lake more than some of us here at McMath Woods, but we want to remind everyone to be safe out there. Water sports such as tubing, skiing, and knee boarding, are done at high speeds, and most times in Arkansas without helmets or any other protective gear. Other boats on a lake or river also present dangers to those enjoying water recreation.
All boat owners should know that under Arkansas law, in most instances, no matter who is operating your boat, the boat owner is liable for any damage or harm done to passengers or others. Ark. Code Ann. 27-101-201 states that the owner of a boat shall be liable for the negligent operation of the boat. Ark. Code Ann. Sec. 27-101-207 requires any boat with over a 50 horsepower engine or personal watercraft to be covered by a policy of liability insurance providing at least $50,000 of liability coverage per incident.
Have fun out there, but be safe. Consider slowing down, wearing protective gear, and watching our for other boaters or jet skiers who may not have safety on their mind. If you are the boat owner, know that just because “Crazy Uncle Whoever” is driving the boat does not mean you can relax about safety. The boat owner is still responsible for the safety of passengers and other boaters. Entered by, Will Bond