Fatal Boating Accidents Increased Last Year in the Sunshine State
Florida regularly leads the nation in boating accidents; however, the total number of crashes decreased slightly last year. Unfortunately, while the overall number of accidents was lower, the number of those killed in boating accidents increased, as reported by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
As reported by CBS News, a report issued by the state regulator noted that there were 735 boating accidents in 2022. The total number of accidents for the year was actually 16 less than in 2021. Deaths related to boating accidents, however, were higher. The report indicated that there were five more fatalities than the previous year.
What Causes Most Boating Accidents?
Boating accidents in Florida may be caused by a number of factors, but many are the result of operational error. According to CBS News, over 40% of reported recreational boating accidents were the result of “operator inexperience or improper attention.”
Boat operators also often fail to take courses that would help them navigate state and international waters safely. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission noted that “lack of boater education” was a contributing factor in many incidents.
What County Has the Most Accidents?
Monroe County had the highest number of reported accidents at 92. Monroe County is home to popular tourist destinations such as the Florida Keys. Miami-Dade County ranked second on the list with 90 boating accidents, while Palm Beach County had 49.
Fatal Accident Statistics
The report served as an important reminder for boat operators and passengers to wear lifesaving floatation devices while on the water. An astounding 81% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket when they were involved in a fatal boating accident. Individuals falling overboard was the leading type of deadly accident and has been for the past two decades.
How to Prevent Boating Accidents
With over 1 million recreational boats registered in the state, it is increasingly important to practice safe boating. Many accidents can be avoided if the proper precautions are taken by all parties.
Many boating accidents can be prevented if:
- Boat operators completed a boater education course
- A proper outlook was designated
- Operators and passengers wore life jackets
- Boat operators followed all applicable laws and regulations
If you are involved in a boating accident, you might be entitled to compensation. However, you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim for damages. It is important to discuss your case with an attorney to determine if you are entitled to compensation.
Contact Our Office to Learn More
Were you involved in a boating accident? The lawyers at Mase Seitz Briggs might be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Boating accidents happen frequently, with the largest number frequently reported during summer months. Contact our office at (844) 627-3529 to schedule a free case evaluation.
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