About Florida Boating
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in 2010, there were 941,589 registered vessels. It’s also estimated that nearly one million more un-registered vessels navigate through Florida waters every year. Not surprisingly, there were nearly 700 reported boating accidents in 2010 and 79 boating-related fatalities. Five of those fatalities occurred in the waters of Pinellas County.
The leading causing of boating accidents is the lack of experience and instruction. Nearly 2/3rds of boat operators involved in boat accidents had no formal boating education or training. This may explain why 49% of the boating accidents that occurred in 2010 involved a collision with another boat.
Why Boating Accidents Occur
Boating crashes occur mainly because people do not fully understand the risks involving boats as compared to automobiles.
The consequences of a negligent boat operator could lead to severe boating accident injuries. Last year, 22% of boat accidents involved alcohol or drugs. Other negligent activity included collisions with derelict vessels left behind by careless owners.
Why You Should Contact A Reputable Boat Accident Lawyer
Even if a boat accident seems minor, you should really consider contacting the lawyers with the Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group. Many times, a trauma from a boating accident might be underestimated. Boating accident injuries may lead to continued pain, physical disabilities and financial burdens for many years after the accident.
Since boating accidents are much less common than traffic accidents, most people don’t have experience interacting with insurance companies, reviewing medical bills and dealing with other consequences. They may not be prepared to handle all of the legal issues on their own.
The attorneys with Kemp, Ruge & Green are well-versed with the special needs of boating accident victims. Don’t risk navigating this legal course alone. Contact the Law Group of Kemp, Ruge & Green now for assistance.