Deadly Florida Accident Reminds Boaters to Slow Down

by Carmen Dellutri on April 17, 2013

Fort Myers boat accident lawyerA recent Florida boating accident serves as tragic reminder that speeding can be fatal, both on the road and on the water. One boater was killed and four more people were injured when a boat hit a wave and shattered into pieces earlier this month.

As PNJ.com reports, witnesses estimate the boat was traveling at least 70 mph, although Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are still investigating the accident. After hitting the wake, the speedboat flew out of the water twice before its back smacked down and broke into pieces.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Across Florida, sixty-seven people were killed in boating accidents in 2011. In total, there were 742 reportable Florida boating accidents in 2011, which resulted in 431 injuries. The accidents were caused by a number of factors including excessive speeding, failure to obey posted laws, and alcohol impairment.

As Florida’s prime boating season approaches, we would like to remind our readers of the following safe boating tips:

  • Complete a boating education course. One of the primary factors contributing to vessel accidents is operator inexperience.
  • Always wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket and make sure all your passengers wear one too.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages while boating. More than one-third of all boating deaths resulting from collisions involved alcohol use.
  • Be aware of weather conditions before heading out on the water and know what to do if the weather suddenly changes.
  • Have a working marine radio on board at all times and know how to use it.
  • Pack extra gear you may need. A flashlight with fresh batteries, flares, a first aid kit, sunscreen, and drinking water are a few items that should be packed in a watertight container that floats.
  • Tell someone where you are going, who is with you, and how long you plan to be out. Then stick to your travel plans.
  • Ventilate after fueling. Open hatches, run the blower, and check for fuel fumes before starting the engine.
  • Know your boat's capacity and how to properly load it. An overloaded or improperly loaded boat can cause safety problems.

Source: Sherriff.org

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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