Boating Accidents in South Florida
Boating Accidents and Jet Ski Accidents occur frequently in South Florida and many of these accidents result in serious injuries or death. These accidents are caused by numerous factors but the most common cause is an avoidable one: negligence or careless operation of the vessel.
The annual boating accident statistics kept by the State of Florida indicate that 59% of boating accidents occur in just 10 counties.
Monroe County had more than 130 boating accidents. 37 of these boating accidents involved a jet ski or personal watercraft.
Palm Beach County had more than 85 boating accidents. 13 of these boating accidents involved a jet ski or personal watercraft.
Broward County- an excess of 60 boating accidents. 7 of these boating accidents involved a jet ski or personal watercraft.
Southern Florida is a world-class place to work and raise a family. Our expansive coastline and waterways provide a convenient playground for aquatic activities. That’s why millions of people live here and tens of millions of people from around the world visit South Florida each year.
It is important that while we enjoy the wonderful geography South Florida has to offer that we are being prudent while navigating a boat or personal watercraft. Never drink any alcohol before or while operating a boat or personal watercraft and always exercise extreme caution while operating a boat or personal watercraft on the South Florida waterways. Being prepared for decisive action can make all the difference in rough waters.
Always wear a life vest while boating or playing water sport. A life vest can ensure your safety should you fall or lose consciousness while operating a boat or personal watercraft. You should take extra caution with children and should make sure that their life vests fit snugly and are properly secured around them before you leave the dock.
Now that you have the tools to protect yourself and family, you can confidently and responsibly the natural beauty South Florida has to offer.