According to the U.S. Coast Guard, nationally from 2013 to 2014, deaths increased from 560 to 610, an 8.9% increase, injuries increased from 2,620 to 2,678, a 2.2% increase and the total number of accidents increased from 4,062 to 4,064, a 0.05% increase. Where the cause of death was known, 78% of fatal boating accident victims drowned; of those drowning victims, 84% were not wearing a life jacket. The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats, personal watercraft and cabin motorboats. The vessel types with the highest number of fatalities were open motorboats, canoes and kayaks. Go here to read the entire USCG report.
Federal law requires the operator – or owner, if the operator is deceased or unable to make the report – to file a boating accident report with the California reporting authority when, as a result of an occurrence that involves a boat or its equipment:
Go to this site to learn about filing a boating accident report.
Learn about the specific boating laws in Florida by going to this site. Topics covered in the reference guide include boating education, operator age, water skiing, boat noise, numbering & titling, personal watercraft, boating under the influence, personal flotation devices and more.
failure to yield;
excessive speed and alcohol use.
When someone is injured, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost. The major hospitals in the area include:
As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy.
When someone has been injured or killed in an accident, the accident victim and their family members are left with medical bills, lost income, and other costs. It is important to get legal assistance to help the accident victim recover, or when the accident is fatal, to help the family members get fully compensated for their losses. Learn more about how a Miami personal injury attorney will help injured victims and families.
The fireworks in Miami had just concluded when a white, 32-foot (9.6-meter) boat carrying five young adults crashed violently with another vessel in the night.
Authorities say a woman is dead and two men are injured following a boat crash in Biscayne National Park near Miami.
The Miami Herald reports the crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. Monday when the three people aboard a 23-foot vessel collided with an anchored 36-foot vessel.
Authorities are investigating a fatal boat accident involving a South Florida radio personality behind the wheel.
One man died and a woman was injured after a boat crashed into a Dania Beach bridge piling Friday, authorities said.
Officials identified the victims as 50-year-old Marcella Hewett and 58-year-old David Duda on Saturday.