When it is summer in the great sunshine state, all of the Florida residents and tourists hit the beach for some fun in the sun. A nice day out on a boat can be both exciting and dangerous if precautions are not taken to ensure your safety.
Many that decide to go out on a boat for the day are in need of some serious relaxation and that might include popping open a beer or two. What many fail to realize is just like you should never drink and drive, the same goes for driving a boat. Many boating accidents are causing by boaters not paying attention to what they are doing. In 2016, Miami-Dade County came in at number 2 in the top counties for boating accidents and Broward came in as number 6. Florida experienced a 20 percent increase in deaths by boating accidents in 2016.
Depending on what you are taking a boat out on the water for, fishing, cruising, deep water scuba diving, there could be a ton of distractions. “The inattentiveness, whether just keeping a proper lookout, is the criteria we see in many of the simple reportable accidents,” Captain Tom Shipp, head of Fish and Wildlife’s Boating and Waterways Section. “People are distracted by a lot of things. It can be electronics in the boat like a phone, GPS or depth finder, or just talking.”
By following these boating precautions, the chances of you being injured in boating accident minimizes.
If you or someone that you know has been injured in a boating accident, call an experienced Fort Lauderdale injury attorney. Let the dedicated attorneys at The Ben Law Firm get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.