How to Prevent Injuries or Death from Boating Accidents?

In order to prevent injury and death from happening in a boating accident, it is important to take into account the following safety measures: wearing a life jacket, not consuming alcohol or drugs, avoiding excessive speed, keeping the boat properly maintained, reading the liability waiver, knowing where the safety equipment is, not overloading the boat, watching the weather, and taking a boating safety course.

Wearing a life jacket is the main thing to consider when boating . Drowning was the number one known cause of death in 2012. Out of the total number of 459 deaths caused by drowning, 379 deaths occurred when the life jacket was not worn. Do not consume alcohol or take drugs while driving a boat and consider taking boating safety courses. You should always be alert to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning anytime you are below deck in a confined space. Here are 12 tips to prevent injuries and death while boating:

  • do not operate the vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • do not turn down your emergency radio;
  • avoid excessive speed while boating;
  • make sure your boat is properly maintained;
  • if you are renting a boat, read the liability waiver carefully;
  • know the law about life jackets and make sure everybody is wearing one;
  • do not overload your boat;
  • know what to do in case of an emergency;
  • make sure your safety equipment is in good working order, and make sure you know how to use it;
  • get a free vessel safety check performed by a qualified u.s. coast guard auxiliary vessel examiner;
  • watch the weather;
  • take a boating safety course.

The number of boating accidents in Miami increased in the past few years. The main reasons are that some boat operators do not follow the safety guidelines regulated by federal and state laws in Florida and there are more boats than ever in Miami. Coast Guard data shows that Florida leads in boating accidents and deaths. The 2017 boating accident statistics shows that 63% of the reportable boating accidents occurred in Florida counties. The top five counties for boating accidents in Florida in 2017 were: Monroe County, Miami-Dade, Broward County, Pinellas County, Lee County.

If you were injured in a boating accident in Miami it is strongly recommended that you seek legal advice from an experienced attorney because the legislation on waterways incidents is extremely complex. Some boating accidents can fall under the general Florida law, whereas Admiralty or maritime law applies to others. It is extremely important to have an experienced attorney navigating these complexities for you.

Consulting an attorney who is well versed in Florida boat accident laws is highly recommended to sort out the jurisdiction and time limits for filing a lawsuit. Mr. Cleary has vast experience in applying boating accident laws and our working plan is always concentrated on acting promptly and transparently in order to gather the necessary information and evidence as quickly as possible. We talk to witnesses, go to the scene of the accident and investigate the vessel together with reputable boating experts who can help us better understand what went wrong.

At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, we handle boat accidents with the highest professional and legal standards so that our clients can receive compensation for their physical and emotional suffering

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