According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 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 State 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 Mobile and Pensacola 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.
Common causes of Mobile and Pensacola boating accidents include:
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 an injury is serious or a death occurs, the next step is to find an experienced Mobile boating accident attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and can be hard to manage without legal help. An experienced Mobile injury lawyer understands the unique maritime laws that affect a claim. Working with a personal injury lawyer is a great relief to injured people, or to the family left behind when a boating accident is fatal.
It was about 4:30 p.m. when a strong thunderstorm with high winds ravaged Mobile Bay, unfortunately at the same time the Daphin Island Regatta sailboat race was taking place. Of the 119 boats involved in the race, the storm capsized ten of them.
A Metairie man died after his 12-foot boat capsized in the waters off Pensacola, Fla.