Category: Boating Accidents
Speeding and colliding with other vessels are two of the most common accidents caused by reckless Florida boat operators.
Most boaters check the basic safety rules before going out on the water. Few boaters may perform routine maintenance or check for any mechanical issues before starting the engine(s).
2020 data revealed there were more boats on the water which led to more accidents. Many accidents leading to injuries and deaths can be avoided when boats have engine cut-off switches (ECOS).
July 4, 2021 is a 4-day weekend. In our endeavor to make this a more enjoyable and safe holiday for everyone, we focus this blog on common July 4th accidents.
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) reported in 2020 that Florida ranked No. 1 nationally in both recreational boating accidents and fatalities on the water. Florida has ranked No. 1 every year since 2015.
A Fort Myers boat accident attorney at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says COVID-19 has many people seeking alternative outlets to staying at home. One of these outlets includes getting out on Southwest Florida’s beautiful waterways for sport and/or leisure.
Boat operators and passengers should be aware that propellers are dangerous. A typical three-blade boat propeller runs at 3,200 rpm and can inflict 160 strikes in one second.
Sixty-one percent of the reportable recreational boating accidents occurred in 10 Florida counties. The primary cause of the accidents was inattention leading to collisions.
Florida leads the nation in the number of registered vessels with close to one million. The state also leads the nation in the number of annual boating fatalities.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said there were a combined 16 personal watercraft (PWC) accidents with 15 injuries in Charlotte, Collier, and Lee Counties in 2019.