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Avoiding Boating Accidents

boating accidentsOn May 23, 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) released some sobering statistics regarding boating accidents.

In 2013, 62 people died as a result of boating accidents in Florida; so far in 2014, 11 have lost their lives.

One thing is clear, say FWC officials: Florida’s waterways need and ought to be a safe place to boat.

While drowning officially ranked as the leading cause of death among boating accident victims, one leading factor in causing the accidents themselves was failing to have a proper sense of one’s surroundings.

Oftentimes, officials noted, accidents could have been prevented if the boat operators had simply exercised greater caution. Which includes keeping watchful eyes on everything going on around the boat at all times.

As for drowning, officials say that there’s an “easy fix” for that problem, as well. It’s known as wearing a life jacket – something that many opt not to do because of concerns that wearing a foam-stuffed vest or jacket might interfere with one’s enjoyment of the boating experience.

However, officials say, there are now several different styles of life jackets available – including inflatable belt-pack and jackets worn over the shoulder — which don’t interfere with boating activities.

Officials also stressed that accidents, by their very nature, often occur without warning. Once someone has ended up in the water, it’s too late to consider putting on a life jacket. Worse, in some cases, those who are unfortunate enough to be thrown from a boat during a crash may lose consciousness, making life-saving attempts that much more difficult.

The leading type of boating accident, according to the FWC, is when boaters collide with objects in the water, including other boats. Given the number of boaters who seek to enjoy the beauty of Florida’s waterways, that makes it even more essential for boat operators to keep a sharp lookout.

It’s often said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With the serious consequences that can accompany tragedies such as boating accidents, it’s more important than ever to seek legal representation when needed. In the event of personal injury and/or liability, experts are here to help advise you as to your rights and your responsibilities.


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