The state of Florida is known for many things, one of the most notable being the oceans and beaches it offers. Boating is a popular activity in the state. And while it can be great fun, boating accidents can lead to devastating, even deadly injuries. If you have been injured in a boating accident, you need to reach out to a seasoned Miami boat accident attorney who can help you pursue the level of compensation you need to move on with your life.
Statistically, Florida ranks No. 1 nationally for the number of boating accidents and fatalities, numbers that have consistently increased since 2000, and this past year was no exception. According to a recent report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida recorded 766 boating accidents in 2017, a 7.3 percent increase from the prior year. In addition, the 67 boating-related deaths matched the total from 2016. The report notes that people falling overboard has been the most common type of deadly accident for the past 15 years. In addition, more than one-third of the 2017 accidents involved collisions between boats, of which 37 percent were caused by inattentiveness or the operator failing to maintain a proper lookout.
As mentioned above, inattentiveness and operator error can cause or contribute to a boat accident. Other causes of boat accidents may include operator inexperience, operating at an unsafe speed, careless or reckless operation of a boat, or operating the vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In many boat accident cases, the boat operator has not completed a boating safety education course.