Water Safety Laws on Oregon’s Rivers

This segment of The Law and You features Oregon personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson discussing the importance of life jackets in water safety.


JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, a few years ago, we talked about one of your cases lead to better water safety laws on lakes and rivers. I understand there are even stronger laws now.

DON: Joel, that law was passed to help prevent injuries and drowning deaths by requiring better equipment and training for outfitters. More recently, newer laws focus on life jackets. Over 90 percent of Oregon’s drowning fatalities were caused by not wearing a life jacket, or not using it properly. There are new life jacket requirements for both adults and children, and if you don’t have a life jacket or forget yours, McKenzie Fire & Rescue offers loaner life jackets from McKenzie River Floats.

JOEL: Thanks, Don. To learn about the laws or learn about where you can find the loaner life jackets, visit the Law Firm of Corson & Johnson at CorsonJohnsonLaw.com. The Law and You is a community service and does not replace the advice of an attorney

The Corson & Johnson Law Firm, an Oregon personal injury trial law firm, produced and distributed The Law and You as a public service to help families and consumers answer questions about our legal system and how it works for them. The Law and You spots were aired on KKNU, KMGE, KEUG, and KODZ.  Please note that laws may have changed since a public service spot was aired.  If you have suggestions for legal questions or topics you would like addressed, please contact us.