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Florida Boating Accidents

Boating-Accidents-ImageIt is no wonder that Florida, a state with 1,197 statute miles of coastline, 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways, and Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest freshwater lake in the United States, has the highest number of registered boats in the nation. Floridians love their boats and the time they spend on the water in the Sunshine State. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says there were 941,589 registered recreational boats in the state and up to 1 million unregistered water vessels active on the state’s waters in 2010.

Unfortunately, the many recreational boats in Florida are susceptible to reckless and/or negligent operation that leads to injury and death. Florida leads the nation in the number of recreational boating accidents.

Trust in the law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, for help with your Florida boating accident claim. We serve victims of incidents that cause injuries and death on boats, personal watercraft and other marine vessels in South Florida and the Treasure Coast.

Call us now at 1-800-299-8878 to speak with a compassionate boating accident attorney or fill out our online contact form.

The Facts on Boating Accidents in Florida

The FWC reports that in 2010 there were 668 reportable boating accidents in Florida and 79 boating-related fatalities. The leading cause of death in fatal boating accidents in Florida was drowning (62 percent).

Personal watercraft (i.e., Jet Skis, WaveRunners and Sea Doos) accounted for 13 percent of all registered vessels in Florida in 2010 and were involved in 19 percent of reportable boating accidents.

The FWC also says that 66 percent of the operators involved in reportable boating accidents in Florida in 2010 had no formal boater education.

A “reportable” boating accident is one in which a person dies, a person disappears in circumstances that indicate the possibility of a fatality, a person suffers injury requiring medical treatment beyond first aid, or there is property damage worth at least $2,000.

Common Causes of Florida Boating Accidents

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says that in 2010, 66 percent of boat operators involved in reportable boating accidents had no formal boater education.

Falling overboard was the cause of most fatalities (27 percent) in Florida boating accidents in 2010. Alcohol or drug use was cited in 22 percent of Florida boating fatalities reported in 2010.

The leading cause of death in fatal boating accidents in Florida in 2010 was drowning (62 percent).

Other common causes of Florida boating accidents, fatal or non-fatal, include:

  • Inattention, no proper lookout
  • Excessive speed
  • Careless and reckless behavior by the boat operator
  • Inappropriate passenger / skier behavior

Contact Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, Today

Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, has investigated boating accidents in South Florida and the Treasure Coast and has protected the rights of boating accident victims since 1975. If you’ve been hurt, Philip DeBerard is on your side.

Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, is compassionate in dealing with our clients’ individual issues and aggressive in our pursuit of personal injury and wrongful death claims on their behalf. We are committed to helping boating accident victims in South Florida and throughout the Treasure Coast. We want to secure maximum compensation for their losses.

Contact Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, by calling us today toll-free at 1-800-299-8878 or submitting our online form. You can talk with a lawyer today and receive a free consultation about your case. We will charge no fees or costs unless we secure a recovery for you.

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