Tampa Bay Boating Accidents on the Rise
A new report from the Tampa Bay Times suggests that the year 2015 saw a sharp increase in the number of boating accidents across Florida, despite boating fatalities being down 25 percent. The information was drawn from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which reported that 2015 Florida Boating Accident Statistical Report reveals the state had 737 boating accidents last year. That’s 103 more accidents as compared to 2014.
Those boating accidents resulted in fifty-five fatalities in 2015. It is unknown if wave runner and jet ski accidents were included the study.
A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Captain Tom Shipp, says many of those accidents could have been prevented if boaters had paid closer attention to their surroundings, maintained proper lookout, and if everyone had been wearing a life jacket.
Tampa Bay is no stranger to boating accidents, and Perenich Caulfield Avril & Noyes is no stranger to representing boating accident victims. With over 60 years of experience, our lawyers have the knowledge, resources, and litigation experience to pursue boating accident claims, which can be riddled with legal traps and challenges due to maritime law and other issues.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a boating accident in Tampa Bay, call one of the attorneys at our office. We’ll see you through.