Boating Accidents: Failure of Operator to Maintain a Proper Lookout
Boating and water recreation activities are extremely popular in Florida due to warm climate and abundance of beaches, lakes and rivers. It is no surprise that with the high number of boats and other water recreation vehicles there are a higher number of boating accidents. What may be surprising is the number one cause of these boating accidents. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC, Boating operators’ inattention or failure to maintain a proper lookout is the leading contributor for all boating accidents in 2017.
Boating Accidents are on the Rise
Statistics show that in 2017, boating accidents rose by 52% over the previous year. Out of the 261 collision reports for 2017, 38% were caused by lack of attention or failure of operator to maintain a proper lookout. Of the 67 fatalities resulting from boating accidents, the trend continues with drowning after falling overboard during an accident as the primary cause of death since 2003. Out of those, 87% of the victims had not been wearing a life jacket. These fatalities arise from completely preventable incidents. Operating a boat requires care and alertness to the physical surroundings of the operator. It’s also imperative for boating guests to wear safety equipment for all excursions.
Protection for Operator
If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident, it’s important to understand your rights. Operators can bear responsibility and have options in how to deal with unfortunate incidents. It’s critical to get correct information and counsel from an experienced law firm in navigating the difficult process after a boating accident.
Victims of Boating Accidents
Everyone involved in any accident has rights. Victims of boating accidents and their family members should seek counsel immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and Tison Law Group can help you determine your next steps. Contact us for a consultation.