With lots of warm sunshine, crystal clear waters, and a comfortable year-round climate, Florida is home to thousands of people who love boating. Throughout the year, Florida’s waterways are filled with power boats and jet skis, house boats, even kayaks and canoes. Unfortunately, in Florida areas like Tampa where boating is such a popular past time, there are also significant numbers of boating accidents seen by a lawyer Pasco County.When boats are used for recreational purposes, boating accidents often include high-speed collisions which result in severe injuries and fatalities. When boats collide with each other or other objects in the water at high speeds, the risks of fire and explosion are much greater. Boats are likely to sink rather quickly, leaving passengers aboard the boat struggling to survive. In high-speed collisions many people die from severe injuries such as amputated limbs; head and brain trauma; electrocution and burns; hypothermia; and drowning.
According to statistics from the United States Coast Guard, there were more than 4,000 boating accidents in 2014, which accounted for approximately 2,700 serious injuries, 615 deaths, and close to $40 million in property damages. Accident investigations show that a high percentage of these boating accidents could have been prevented. Many were caused by common driver errors that significantly increase boating accident risks including:
* Excessive speed
* Reckless driving
* Driver inexperience
* Driver inattention
* Failure to yield to other watercraft
* Alcohol and/or drug use
* Boat equipment failure
* Inclement weather
Unfortunately on many Florida waterways, the use of alcohol and/or drugs play a significant role in boating accidents, especially with teenagers and young adults on recreational watercraft like high-powered ski boats and jet skis. Combining boating with alcohol and/or drugs is never a good idea. It’s a dangerous combination that can result in serious injuries and fatalities, as well as steep fines and penalties. If fatalities occur due to negligent behaviors of the boat operator, he/she can face criminal charges.