The weather in Florida is heating up, and boating season is in full swing! As waterways in Florida get more crowded with motorboats, sailboats, jet skis, and fishing boats, it is important to keep safety in mind. Florida not only has many lakes and rivers, but is mostly surrounded by water as well. There are close to a million registered vessels in the state, leading the nation.
Causes of boating accidents include:
• Reckless Boating
• Not Wearing Proper Safety Equipment
• Inexperienced Vessel Operators
• Distracted Vessel Operators
• Unsafe Behavior of Passengers
• Alcohol or Drug Use
• Failure of Equipment
• Crowded Waterways
• Unsafe Weather Conditions
With the abundance of boats in Florida comes potential distracted or inexperienced vessel operators, and boating accidents are a possibility. There are a few precautions to take to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you:
• Keep a Close Eye on the Weather and Water Conditions
• Ensure Sufficient Safety Equipment and Supplies Onboard
• Be Careful When Loading the Boat and Getting Passengers Aboard
• Take a Boat Safety Course
• Avoid Alcohol While Boating
Taking the boat out is a good way to have some summer fun, but accidents do happen. Most accidents and injuries can be prevented if boaters pay attention to their surroundings and take basic safety precautions.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a boating accident? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg boating accident attorney at Jones Law Group today. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs. When you contact our office we will immediately set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her personal contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident caused by the negligence of another, you should immediately call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.
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St. Petersburg, FL 33707