July is the Most Dangerous Month for Boating Accidents
According to a 2012 boating accident report, compiled by the Florida Fish & Wild Conservation Commission, Florida continues to lead the nation with the most registered vessels. In 2012, there were a total of 704 reportable boating accidents, with 55 being fatal. Of the top 10 counties for boating accidents, Pinellas ranked third and tied with Palm Beach, just below Miami-Dade and Monroe, with Hillsborough taking the #10 spot. As we enter the peak of summer, the same FWCC report noted that July traditionally sees the highest number of boating accidents and boating fatalities.
Whether you own a vessel, personal watercraft (PWC) such as a jet ski or waverunner, or simply rent one, it is crucial to have basic understanding of boating safety and know the laws and your rights should you be injured.
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