More Boat Traffic Can Mean More Boating AccidentsNovember 25, 2013 | Category: Boating Accidents | Share
Fall is here, and we welcome back our seasonal residents and visitors to the area. Many of these people will be enjoying Southwest Florida's beautiful weather on the water.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard's 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics, in the United States there were 4,515 boating accidents involving 651 deaths, 3,000 injuries. 71% of the fatal boating accident victims drowned of which close to 85% were not wearing life jackets. The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (47%), personal watercraft (1%) and cabin motorboats (15%).
"We should be safety conscious whenever on the water, even more so this busy season. It is important that we review our boating safety preparedness and procedures," said Fort Myers Boating Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
The American Boating Association (ABA) provides a safe boating program on their website. They encourage boaters to "…be serious about boating safety, starting with the proper kind and amount of boater training. Remember, a boating mishap or fatality often involves innocent people who share in none of the blame, but all of the consequence."
Responsible boaters should remember B E S A F E* - KNOW YOUR…
- Safety devices and PDFs
- Alcohol limits
- First aid and emergency procedures
- Environment (area and weather)
* Source: National Safe Boating Council
The ABA website has links to important information. Here are just a few of them:
- Boating Pointers
- Boating Safety Articles and Quizzes
- U.S. Coast Guard Information
- Children and Boating Safety
Southwest Florida Accident Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.