Negligence Is A Common Cause Of Many Boating Accidents
With summer approaching and warm weather already upon us, Florida residents are beginning to get out on the water and enjoy the picturesque coastal waterways. Boating accidents are a common occurrence during the warm weather seasons and can be very dangerous, especially when proper precautions aren’t taken.
Florida is a very popular state to own a water craft or rent a boat for a day out at sea. It isn’t unheard of for a fun vacation day to turn tragic after a serious boating accident though. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, almost 5,000 boating accidents occurred in 2012 and 3,000 personal injuries happened as a direct result of accidents.
Several factors can lead to boating accidents, including operator distraction, inexperience and excessive speed. Most of these factors are due to driver negligence. Personal injuries can happen in numerous different environments and accidents during recreational activities are often the result of reckless or negligent behavior.
If another boat operator’s negligent behavior led to you or someone you love being injured or killed in a boating accident, it is important to speak to a lawyer about filing a wrongful death or personal injury suit.