With over 20 marinas, and a dozen boating charters, the “Sailfish Capital of the World” means fun on the water. When you head out on a vessel in Martin County or anywhere in Florida, you expect to come back in one piece.
Yet, the year 2012 saw 704 reportable boating accidents, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, consisting of 386 injuries, 55 deaths and property damage of over $8 million. With its 15,702 registered vessels, Martin County ranked 22nd among all counties in accidents. It saw 10 incidents with four injuries, one fatality, and property damaging totaling $30,600. Monroe County had the most accidents at 26,461, with five deaths, 61 injuries and damage worth over $1 million.
Most of the fatalities in Florida were due to the 22 falls overboard. Drowning was the leading cause of death, and 91 percent of all fatalities were male. Almost a third of the fatalities involved watercraft less than 12 feet long. Two-thirds of the operators were over the age of 35. Alcohol or drugs were involved in 11 percent of the deaths.
For the state, the most dangerous hours of the day were from noon to 6 p.m., which averaged 63 accidents per hour. About 97 accidents happened in July, 93 in May, and 79 in March. A bay or sound showed the most incidents at 184, followed by the ocean or gulf at 124, river or creek at 114, and canal or cut at 81.
If you or a loved one becomes involved in any of these statistics for the current year, please contact us, your injury lawyer in Martin County. We’ll protect your rights and fight for just compensation.