In 2016, the Coast Guard counted 4,463 accidents that involved 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries and approximately $49 million dollars of property damage as a result of recreational boating accidents, according to US Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division. Whether these accidents occur on speedboats, jet skis, party boats, cruise ships or other privately owned vessels, boating accidents have the potential to cause major injuries or fatalities. Boating injuries usually occur because of a reckless or careless operator, operating a boat under the influence, boat malfunction, or an inexperienced operator.
Boating Accident Top Counties in Florida:
Monroe: 105 accidents; 41 resulted in injury or death
Miami-Dade: 67 accidents; 33 resulted in injury or death
Palm Beach: 62 accidents; 15 resulted in injury or death
Lee: 39 accidents; 26 resulted in injury or death
Broward: 38 accidents; 13 resulted in injury or death
Collier: 31 accidents; 16 resulted in injury or death
Brevard: 27 accidents; 13 resulted in injury or death
Hillsborough: 20 accidents; 8 resulted in injury or death
Charlotte: 18 accidents; 9 resulted in injury or death
Similar to car accidents, notify authorities whenever someone has been injured in a boat accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, please contact us at (954) 913-CASE (2273) for your complimentary consultation.