Most boating enthusiasts know what they know – that boating is fun and accidents on the water are not as likely as car accidents. Our job with this blog is to help shed some light on what boaters should know but may not have considered. Hopefully it will be clearer and more helpful than a pithy Aristotle quote.
The truth is, the open water gives an illusion of safety that causes some boaters to lose their inhibitions, causing unnecessary accidents and needless tragedies. Here are four things you may not have known about boating accidents in Florida.
Open motorboats are by far the most dangerous vessels on the water. Some 58% of fatalities on the water happen as a result of an open motorboat accident. Nonfatal, but serious injury accidents occur most often (more than 30%) on jet skis and personal watercraft. Kayaks, canoes, and cabin motorboats are the least offenders in boating accidents, but still make the list.
Like Nascar fans headed to the track, wanting to see a wreck, alcohol wants to take over when it comes to the boat party. Especially if you’re operating the boat, don’t let it. The lead contributing factor to boating accidents is alcohol (more than 1/3). Again, losing your inhibitions is what leads to unnecessary, preventable accidents on the water.
Operator inexperience is one of top 3 causes of boating accidents. Statistics show that close to 90% of boating accidents occur with operators who have never taken a boating safety course. No matter how much experience you’ve had at the helm of a boat, the fact is, taking a simple boating safety course significantly reduces the chances of you or someone on your boat being wounded or fatally injured due to a preventable accident.
No matter how understanding and helpful everyone seems the scene of a boating accident, at some point blame will be assigned and liability will be required. Each year around $36 Million of damages are caused by boating accidents. You need to know what to do and who to call in case of a boating accident, no matter how serious.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident that caused injury or even death, you need to immediately enlist the skilled advocacy of a personal injury attorney. As experienced personal injury lawyers, Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA attorneys understand the emotional trauma you are experiencing. We will diligently pursue the maximum compensation possible in your situation to account for your lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and pain and suffering. Contact either of our area offices to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your options for monetary recovery.