Despite the fact that boat registration had actually declined in Florida, the state saw an increase in boating accidents from 2010 to 2011.
And once again, Monroe County held the dubious honor of sitting atop the heap of Florida’s most dangerous counties for boating. The county saw a 20 percent surge in reportable boat accidents (93) over 2010 figures, according to a report issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Miami-Dade County came in second with 75 accidents. Overall, the state logged 742 reportable boating accidents and 67 deaths in 2011. Of those accidents, 313 involved boats hitting other boats or stationary objects.
A boating accident that involves significant injury, disappearance, death, or at least $2,000 in damages is considered a “reportable” accident.
State authorities cite careless operation as the leading cause of the 2011 accident tally, followed by mechanical failure, inattention, speeding, and bad weather. Alcohol was linked to 10 of the 2011 Florida boating deaths and 308 arrests were made statewide for boating under the influence, which was slightly down from 2010.
Many of the boating fatalities could have been prevented if the victims had been wearing life preservers. Falling overboard and drowning was the leading cause of death in boating accidents in Florida.
If you’ve been injured in boating accident, the Florida boating accident lawyers at Farah & Farah have the resources and the experience you’ll need to get the compensation you deserve. Calling us at (800) 533-3555 should be your first step when you want to protect your legal rights.