Out of the fifty U.S. states, Florida has the highest reported accidents by boats. There were 4,062 serious boating accidents in the nation during 2013, 16.8% of those accidents occurred in Florida. In 2013, over 685 boating accidents occurred, including 58 fatalities, an increase in both from 2012 accident reports. Only 11 of the 50 states reported more than 100 boating accidents with serious injuries, and Florida took first place for the highest reported incidents, followed by California and New York.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the top five contributing factors to serious boating accidents are:
- Operator Inattention
- Improper Lookout
- Operator Inexperience
- Excessive Speeding
- Machinery Failure
In addition to the five contributing factors, alcohol was the leading contributing factor to boating accidents, causing 16% of the boating accidents. Another high cause of serious accidents is in the event of two boats collided, capsizing and injuring the passengers on board.
Many of the fatalities could have been prevented by the use of a life jacket. Reports show that three-fourths of boating deaths were linked to drowning and only 12% of those who perished in boating crashes were wearing life jackets.
In the event of a boating accident, a life jacket could save a life. Here are tips to know regarding life jacket safety:
- All children should wear a life jacket when near water
- Waterlogged or leaky life jackets should not be used
- Life jackets must be readily accessible to put on in the event of an emergency
- Life jackets should be Coast Guard approved
- Children life jackets should fit properly based on weight
If you have sustained injuries in a boat accident due to negligence, Florida boat accident attorneys at Burnetti, PA may be able to help you obtain compensation for medical bills, therapy and extended care, and for your pain and suffering. For a free case evaluation, visit https://www.burnetti.com or call 1-888-BURNETTI.