Boat Accidents & Boating Deaths On The Rise in Florida

Over the past 12 months, the number of boat accidents and boating-related deaths continues to surge in Florida, and they show no sign of slowing.

What’s causing the sudden increase in boating accidents? Many speculate that the increased population, already seen in post-pandemic Florida traffic statistics, may have something to do with the surge. But many more say that the post-pandemic summer hype may be part of the cause. The so-called “Spit-Swapping Roaring-‘20s Post-Pandemic Summer”.1

Most Florida boating accidents occur in the summer, specifically between April and July. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, most of the boat accident happened in the Florida Keys and Miami-Dade County.2

Already, police were out in full force and ready for the increased numbers over the memorial day weekend. Thankfully, few if any major accidents were reported over the weekend.

“Most of the comments I heard over the weekend were related to the water. It seemed like we had more boats in the water than ever,” said Judy Hull, director of the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.3

Lots of boats in the ocean off coast of Florida

Boating safety is still vital. Officials remind boaters and captains how dangerous high speeds on the water can be and how quickly a wrong decision can change everything. It’s important to remember to use the same level of care when operating a boat on the water as it is to operate a car on the road.

Miami-Dade officials also promised to crack down and enforce boating laws and regulations in an attempt to curtail the rising accident statistics. Boaters can expect many more safety checks on the water in the coming summer weeks.

Though many coronavirus boating regulations are still in place, though not strictly enforced, safety should still be a top priority, especially now that there are so many more boats on the water in Florida. Here are some tips to stay safe on the water this summer:

  • Have a designated driver. Drinking while operating a boat is illegal.
  • Operate the boat at lower speeds.
  • Keep an eye on other water traffic.
  • Have all your safety equipment on board. Including lifejackets, a first aid kit, a flare gun, etc.

If you find yourself in a boat accident or having a water-related emergency, you can and should call 9-1-1 just as you would if you were involved in a car accident on the road.


Sources: 

[1]: https://www.wired.com/story/the-spit-swapping-roaring-20s-post-pandemic-summer-terrifies-me/

[2]: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article251652483.html

[3]: https://www.miamiherald.com/article251814823.html

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MICHAEL S. STEINGER, founding partner of Steinger, Greene & Feiner, believes in representing real people, not big businesses. Since the firm’s creation in 1997, Steinger, Greene & Feiner has never represented an insurance company or large corporation, and he vows to keep this promise. Over the course of his career, Michael has handled thousands of Florida accident cases, recovering millions of dollars for his clients and earning him membership into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Staying up-to-date on the ever-evolving laws protecting injury victims and their families, Michael is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Palm Beach, and St. Lucie Bar Associations, and sits on the Auto Insurance Committee of the Florida Justice Association.