Fort Myers Injury Attorneys: Is Your Boat Equipped for Safety?

by Carmen Dellutri on May 29, 2012

fort myers injury lawyerFlorida leads the country for boating fatalities and accidents, according to the most recent statistics. As Fort Myers injury attorneys who represent boating accident victims, we are extremely concerned that there were 668 reportable boating accidents and 79 boating related fatalities in 2010.

The numbers for the local area are equally as troubling. Lee County ranked fifth in Florida with three reportable boat accidents, four fatalities, and 17 injuries. The county had 44,524 registered vessels, the third largest number in the state. Meanwhile, Collier County was ninth with 20 accidents, one fatality, and 14 injuries. Collier had 22,619 registered vessels.

As reported by News-Press.com, a reported 66 percent of operators involved in reportable boat accidents in Florida had no formal boater education. With this in mind, we want to make sure that all boaters are following the proper safety protocols when they go out on the water this summer.

Below are a few simple tips:

  • Always wear a life jacket.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Be especially careful on personal watercrafts.
  • Enroll in a boater education class.
  • Don’t overload your boat.
  • Operate at a safe speed.
  • Always have a passenger serve as a lookout in addition to the operator.
  • Watch out for low water areas or submerged objects.

To find out the best way to prevent a Fort Myers boating accident this summer, please check out our previous post.

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. 

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