It’s not just cars and trucks that collide. If you’re living in Florida, you also need to understand how to stay safe if you go boating. If you don’t navigate correctly or make mistakes, then a crash could be the result.

Take, for example, this case out of Sarasota where a 27-foot powerboat hit a sand-retention structure at Longboat Key. The crash happened at around 8:05 p.m., behind The Islander Club community.

There were eight people on the boat at the time of the collision. Five stated that they didn’t need to be treated. Two had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance, and one refused transport but may have sought treatment.

Safe boating is the key

Boating crashes aren’t uncommon in Florida, but that doesn’t mean they have to happen. In fact, there are some simple ways to avoid crashing, such as being aware of your surroundings, taking a boating course and moving slowly when you are boating into or out of a docking area. Everyone on your boat should always have a life jacket on when the boat is in motion, too, to prevent drowning if they are thrown overboard or the boat sinks.

If you’re hurt, remember you may have a claim

Though this is an example of a single-vehicle crash, anyone who is hurt in this kind of situation should know that you may have a right to pursue a claim against the driver. For example, if a friend is driving and crashes the boat, you may be able to pursue a claim through their insurance for compensation as you seek medical attention.