On Memorial Day, the Florida waterways hosted thousands of people who were looking to spend a fun day with family and friends. However, what many do not think about is just how dangerous the waterways can be if everyone is not alert or playing responsibly. A report published on May 31 reminded residents and tourists that boating accidents do happen, as 11 fatalities stemming from 236 accidents have already occurred in the state of Florida alone.
One such accident took place in early May. One vessel collided with another, causing damage that was severe enough that they both ended up capsizing. Three people, all of whom suffered minor injuries, were left stranded in the water. While they were ultimately able to make it to a nearby shore, 62 people involved in fatal boating accidents in 2013 were not so lucky. Of the 62 fatalities, 38 were caused by drowning.
There are several ways that those who wish to enjoy the water can keep themselves safe. For example, boat operators should be aware of their surroundings, including weather patterns, the condition of the water and the locations of visible obstacles. Simply by paying attention, boat operators can reduce the potential risk of major accidents taking place.
Boating and cruise ship accidents can leave those who are involved with serious injuries. If it was determined that an accident was caused by the negligent operation of a vessel, the injured person may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner of the boat and the operator. By filing this lawsuit, the injured person may be able to recover the cost of any medical bills and seek compensation for pain and suffering.
Source: KeysInfoNet, “Boating safety is everyone’s responsibility“, Katie Purcell, May 31, 2014