In 2017, the Coast Guard counted 4,291 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and approximately $46 million dollars of property damage as a result of recreational boating accidents, according to US Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division.Where the cause of death was known, 76% of the fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 84.5% were not wearing a life jacket.
The fatality rate was 5.5 deaths per 100,000 registered vessels. The rate represents a 6.8% decrease from the 2016 fatality rate of 5.9 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
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: 96 accidents; 58 resulted in injury or death
Miami-Dade: 75 accidents; 47 resulted in injury or death
Broward: 63 accidents; 20 resulted in injury or death
Pinellas: 45 accidents; 24 resulted in injury or death
Lee: 43 accidents; 21 resulted in injury or death
Palm Beach: 41 accidents; 16 resulted in injury or death
Okaloosa: 34 accidents; 27 resulted in injury or death
Collier: 31 accidents; 20 resulted in injury or death
Hillsborough: 30 accidents; 14 resulted in injury or death
Duval: 25 accidents; 16 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.