Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and Florida’s busy boating season. We join the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in emphasizing the importance of boating safety. As we have discussed on this Florida Injury Blog, 67 people died in Florida boating accidents last year.
Ten people have already lost their lives this year. Tragically, most of the accidents are preventable.
Therefore, the FWC reminds boaters to stay safe on the water by taking the following safety precautions: Remain alert while operating a watercraft: Inattentiveness of the operator often contributes to boating accidents, including crashes with other boats and stationary objects. Always wear a life jacket: It could save your life.
Overall, 67 percent of the 55 boating-related deaths confirmed last year were attributed to drowning. Wear an engine shut-off switch at all times: The safety lanyard attaches from the boat operator to the ignition. If it is disconnected, the engine will shut down, potentially preventing a boater who has fallen overboard from being injured by the moving propeller of a runaway boat. Designate a sober operator:
Boating under the influence or boating while intoxicated is just as deadly as drinking and driving and can lead to significant penalties. Happy boating! The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.