Browsing: Boating Accident

When it comes to boating accidents recovering damages, the question of whether you can recover damages is a difficult one. Unlike on the road, apportioning blame is difficult because it’s not as if one boat ‘switched lanes’ or ‘didn’t indicate while turning’. Sure, one boat might be speeding, but the other may not have been paying enough attention. In this case, both might take some of the blame. Alternatively, a boat may have caused a large wake. Yet, operators of vessels on the water are taught to be aware at all times. What happens here? Well, it could depend on the size of the wake and whether or not the incident took place in a no-wake zone. Florida and Pure Comparative Negligence If you’ve been in a boating accident and feel it wasn’t your fault, we would never want to…

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If you want to stay safe on the water, there are many steps you can take, and we have some great advice here today for preventing a boating accident! Ensure All Boat Passengers Understand Safety Procedures While we do all that we can to prevent boating accidents, we can never really remove the threat completely. Therefore, it would be careless not to ensure that all passengers know what to do in an emergency. Of course, we recommend a life vest, but we also appreciate that you don’t want to feel restricted after a busy week at while and while you soak up the sun. With this in mind, at least have it where it can be reached within seconds in an emergency. Don’t Drink and Navigate Boat You wouldn’t drink on the road, so why drink while operating a boat?…

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Though there are a few high-profile boating accidents on the news every so often, they’re generally something that go under the radar. Therefore, we want to explore not only the frequency of boating accidents but also how often they lead to fatalities. Thanks to statistics from the US Coastal Guard, this is something we can explore in more detail. Historical Figures Boating Accidents Before we look at specific numbers from 2016, we should note that 1973 was actually the most lethal year for boating deaths. Shockingly, around 1,750 people died that year on the water; around nine in every ten of these were a direct result of drowning. Generally speaking, fatalities have been on a downward trend since the 1970s as vessels have become safer, operators understand the dangers of the water, and safety equipment has also improved. In 2004,…

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When it comes to boating accidents in Florida, it’s true that only some will need to be reported. For minor scrapes and taps where the biggest damage is the paintwork, these don’t normally need to be reported. If we look at the US Coast Guard statistics for 2015, they received around 740 accident calls, and this generally means that it met one of the requirements below; A passenger/operator was seriously injured and needed emergency care A passenger/operator was killed The vessel itself was damaged extensively A passenger/operator went missing Total damage exceeded $2,000 Filing a Boating Accident Report If you’ve been involved in a boating accident and one of the five statements above applies, you’ll need to file a report. Found online, the United States Coast Guard Recreational Boating Accident Report form is actually incredibly simple…it just takes a little…

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Should I Report My Boating Accident? After experiencing a boating accident, you might be wondering what the next steps should be. Firstly, we recommend getting medical attention for anybody who needs it. Even if there’s no external damage, people who experienced sudden impact or a knock to the ribs should be checked over to ensure there’s no internal damage. After prioritizing the health of all passengers (and yourself!), your attention will then turn to reporting. Do you need to report your boating accident? Of the thousands of boating accidents in Florida, not all are reported, and this is because it needs to have fallen into the following criteria; If it caused damage of over $2,000 (including the vessel itself) If there’s a fatality If a passenger has disappeared If the vessel is extensively damaged If somebody needs emergency medical attention…

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While some operators and passengers receive serious injuries from the impact of a boating accident, it’s thought that around 40% of all fatalities come after falling overboard. Of these fatalities, nearly two-thirds are a result of drowning…so this is a serious problem. Prevention Before we offer a short guide of what to do when in the water after a boating accident, we should first point out that prevention is better than a cure. To avoid falling overboard, stay seated while traveling and be sensible if you’ve consumed an alcoholic drink (or two!). If you feel light-headed and dizzy from the alcohol, standing up and navigating the waves can be incredibly tricky. Furthermore, we recommend wearing a life vest. If you don’t want to wear one for whatever reason, make sure one is close by and can be put on within…

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Boating accidents can be scary; above everything else, we don’t know what to do because it’s not something widely covered. Suddenly, what was supposed to be a getaway from work has turned into a nightmare. If you collide with another boat or hit a dock, we have some advice. Check on Everybody and Stay with the Boat Immediately after the accident, make sure you’re feeling well and then check on everybody else. If somebody has fallen into the water, stay calm, toss them a life jacket, and assess any other floating tools you have that might help. If necessary, slowly approach them in the water and cut the engine while they climb back on board. If you don’t wear a life jacket at all times, grab the nearest one in an emergency and stay on the boat. Why? Because passing…

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The sun is shining, the birds are singing in the sky, it makes sense that many want to be in/on the water. Today, there’s more vessels on the oceans, lakes, and rivers than ever before which means we’re also seeing more accidents. When are accidents most common? According to the US Coast Guard, July is the busiest month for accidents and incidents. Back in 2014, nearly 1,000 accidents took place across the country in this month with over 10% leading to deaths. Busiest Months for Boating Accidents When it comes to boating accidents and timing, there are two factors to assess; the number of accidents and the percentage of which led to fatalities. For example, using the same statistics from 2014, April had around 25% of July’s accidents yet had a higher fatality percentage at 20%. Similarly, November was one…

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According to USCG Statistics, the number of deaths resulting from boating accidents actually fell in 2017. Yet, the number was still higher than 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 which shows the danger that still exists. While deaths stood at 658 over the course of those twelve months, there were also just over 2,600 injuries. Unfortunately, boating accidents are still common across the country and they still occur in Florida too. According to recent statistics, there are more unregistered vessels than registered vessels. With around 915,000 registered water crafts across the state, the number of unregistered vessels is thought to be at least one million and this number is scarily growing. When vessels are unregistered on the water, there’s also a risk that the operator has a lack of experience not only with the vessel itself but with being on the…

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When we hear the term ‘boating accident’, there’s often confusion. Does this mean that two boats collided heavily? Does it mean a boat lightly tapped the harbor? What exactly constitutes a boating accident? Furthermore, what type of ‘boat’ is included in this definition? Does the Boating Accident Require Emergency Attention? Firstly, we should note that the Coast Guard should always be contacted if an incident causes a death, if somebody fell into the water and is now missing, if the boat is completely destroyed and can no longer move, if somebody requires emergency care, or if there’s damage thought to be in the thousands of dollars. If any one of these applies, it’s serious enough for attention from the Coast Guard. Otherwise, light taps and slight damage to paintwork can normally be ignored. Common Boating Accidents and Causes While on…

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