The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s report on boating accidents for 2011 is in and the Florida Keys has retained its title as Florida’s most dangerous location for boating injuries and deaths, with 93 significant accidents on the water in 2011.
According to the commission, there was a 20 percent increase over the 77 boat accidents reported in 2010. There were 6 boating deaths and 66 injuries in the Keys 2011. Accidents throughout the state of Florida have increased. Overall, Florida marine officers statewide logged 742 reportable accidents and 67 deaths. Miami-Dade County came in a close second on the list with 75 boating accidents.
Careless operation and alcohol usage were present in a significant number of these accidents.
The accidents in the Keys range from powerboats involved in races to fishermen killed in when their flats boat collided with a utility pole at a bridge. Falling overboard and drowning was the most common cause of death in boating accidents.
Although accidents are on the increase, Florida’s boat registrations continued to decline, most likely due to the economy.
Careless boating and operating a vessel under the influence often have devastating consequences not only to the driver, but to passengers, other boaters, and swimmers as well. The same principals of negligence that apply to car accidents also apply to watercraft. Victims who have suffered severe injuries as a result of boat or jet ski negligence may able be able to obtain justice for their injuries.
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