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Boating Accident Update
The majority of boating accidents occur during the summer months and many of them are preventable. 77 percent of all boating accident deaths were caused by drowning, however, in 84% of those cases, the victims were not wearing a life jacket. Boating enthusiasts are faced with the same dangers as others operating a wide variety of vehicles.
For example, as with car accidents, there are a high number of boating accidents that occur each year involving the consumption of alcohol. Impairment plays as much a part in boating safety as it does when driving any other type of vehicle. Many states have made tremendous efforts to educate people on the evident dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol, as well as created very stiff penalties for those who refuse to abide by these laws. These penalties are typically severe for those who are convicted of multiple offenses.
Unfortunately, many people choose to ignore the laws, putting themselves and others at risk. Statistics show that those who choose to boat under the influence are the cause of serious accidents. It is extremely important to remember that, as with any other type of vehicle operation, your decisions affect other people.
If you’ve found yourself to be the victim of a boating accident, don’t hesitate to contact Caputo and Mariotti to set up a free consultation. We’re here to answer all of your questions and happy to help.