According to a recent report from the U.S. Coast Guard, boating accident in the United States resulted in 3000 injuries and 651 deaths in 2012 alone.
Many of these incidents could have been prevented if a vessel’s operator had received proper boating safety instruction or all passengers had been wearing a life jacket.
Proper Boating Safety Instruction
Operator inexperience is one of the leading causes of boating accidents in the United States and was the primary contributing factor to 51 boating fatalities in 2012.
If you’re going to operate a boat on the open water, you have a duty to your passengers and other boaters to know what you are doing. Familiarize yourself with the local boating regulations and consider getting certified in proper boating procedures. When in doubt, avoid getting in over your head by avoiding boating in areas that may be potentially difficult to navigate.
Wear a Life Jacket
While wearing a life jacket is one of the easiest ways to avoid tragedy on the water in the even of a Florida boat accident, all too many people make the mistake of overlooking these safety devices until it’s too late.
The Coast Guard reports that 85 percent of the victims killed in boating accidents due to drowning were not wearing a life jacket when their lives were lost. Only 20% of the children under 13 years of age who died in boating accidents due to drowning were wearing a life jacket
when the tragedy took place.
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An experienced Florida boat accident lawyer might be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries if you’ve been hurt due to another boater’s negligence.
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