Residents of Missouri and Kansas are fortunate to have numerous lakes and rivers available for boating and other recreational activities. Unfortunately, boat accidents, like
car accidents and
truck accidents, often result in serious injuries, and even death.
According to the latest report by the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2011, the boating accident fatality rate was 6.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. The rate represents an increase of 14.8% over 2010, and the highest rate since 1998. Alcohol use is a major factor in the number of boat accident injuries and fatalities. Alcohol was the leading contributing factor in 16% of the 2011 boat accident fatalities.
Receiving proper training in the safe operation of a boat, and wearing a life jacket will decreases the risk of injury or death. In 2011, 70% of boating accident fatalities resulted from drowning. In 84% of those cases, the victim was not wearing a life jacket. Only 11% of the fatalities occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction.
Like victims of car accidents, and truck accidents, individuals that are injured in a boat accident, as well as the families of those that are killed in boat accidents, due to the negligence of another, are entitled to seek compensation. The Montee Law Firm has been helping those injured in boat accidents, and their families for decades. If you or a loved one has been involved in a boat accident, contact the Montee Law Firm for a free consultation.
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