Category: Boating Accidents
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.
The 4th of July weekend is approaching and many Floridians will be celebrating by taking their boats out on the water. In 2019, Florida continued to lead the nation in reportable boating accidents with 723 accidents.
Because of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place requirements, many boaters have not been able to participate in boating activities during the last few months. As COVID-19 restrictions are lowered, more boating is anticipated, along with more boating accidents.
On March 24, 2020, NBC News reported that Florida’s attorney general, Ashley Moody, was investigating reports into allegations that Norwegian Cruise Line downplayed the severity of COVID-19 when its sales team responded to customer concerns about the safety of cruise packages.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the No Sail Order for cruise ships that went into effect in March has been extended. More specifically, the order halts cruise ship operations in waters in which the United States has jurisdiction, and it requires them to create a detailed operational plan that addresses the Coronavirus pandemic by using maritime-focused solutions. The plan, which should work to help prevent, mitigate, and respond to the...
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says Florida leads the nation in the number of registered vessels with close to a million. The consequence of this volume makes Florida also lead the nation in the number of annual boating fatalities.