July is most dangerous month for boating accidents
There are more registered boats in Florida than any other state. Makes perfect sense given that proximity to water is one of the many things that makes this state so attractive. And, those numbers putting Florida in the #1 spot for boat ownership also put it in the #1 spot for boating-related accidents and fatalities. Waterways are just as dangerous as roadways, and distracted boating is as big a problem as distracted driving.
In 2016, there was a 20 percent increase in boating fatalities, with 70 deaths reported, according to statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard. Nationally, the Coast Guard reports 701 boating fatalities, the highest in five years. The primary cause of fatalities and accidents: inattention or improper lookout. Inexperience is another factor, which is why safe boating courses are as important as driver’s ed.
July is the month with the most boating accident. Florida counties with the highest boating accident rates last year were Duval and Charlotte.
Boat insurance covers physical damage and theft, and it also provides liability coverage. This is important protection, but it can’t replace common sense. Driving on water carries the same responsibilities as driving on dry land. Be aware, look on the lookout (“boat defensively”), mind your speed – and don’t drink while boating. Keep a day on the water picture perfect!