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Florida Boating Accident Statistics

Living in Florida, the odds are that you have been or will go boating in some capacity or another. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, more than one million boats are registered in Florida, which works out to greater than one for every 20 people. When you add to that consideration the number of tourists who visit annually, the scope of boating activity in Florida begins to take shape.

As with any other type of vehicle operation, boating comes with certain risks, which are subject to increase when boat operators lack training or are under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances that can reduce one’s capacity to effectively judge the waterways.

In 2007, there were 668 reportable boating accidents in Florida (reportable accidents being defined as those which result in $2,000 or more in damage), and of those accidents, 70% of the boat operators had no formal boater education.

376 injuries were reported, involving 949 boats and 14 swimmers, illustrating that boating accidents don’t just affect those who are physically in the boats.

Of 77 fatalities, 22% were caused by drug or alcohol use, and a staggering 90% of victims were male.

What may begin as a fun trip with friends has the potential to take a turn for the worst if you encounter negligent, reckless, or impaired boat operators on the water. Be sure that you are adequately educated about boater safety and boat operation. Beware of those who are obviously not observing rules and taking appropriate precautions.

Speak with a Jacksonville Boat Accident Lawyer

If you or your loved ones have been hurt in a boat-related accident, contact Jacksonville boat accident attorney, Donald Guthrie, at 904-296-1088.

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