In Florida, boating is a popular activity with an increasing number of vessels in the water. According to the Florida Fish and Wild Conservation Commission (FWC), in 2021, Florida had over a million registered vessels with another estimated one million non-registered vessels using the waters off Florida. The growing number of vessels causes congestion and can increase the number of accidents each year. While accidents involving boats can happen at any time, there are certain months when they occur most often. Our Florida boating accident lawyer explains what you need to know about boating accidents and what to do if you were involved in one.
Florida Boating Accident Statistics
Both residents and visitors enjoy boating in Florida, but they can be at risk for accidents. According to the FWC report, Florida leads the nation for the highest number of boating accidents with 751 reported in 2021. Accidents can happen in any month, but May had the highest number of reported accidents for the year at 102, followed by June with 83, July with 79, August with 72, and April with 71. The months with the least reported accidents were February and November.
Additionally, there are certain times of the day when boaters may be at a higher risk for accidents. In 2021, most boat accidents occurred between 2:00 p.m. and 3:59 p.m. There were 173 reported accidents during that time. The hours between 4:00 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. ranked second with 137 reported accidents. The early morning hours saw the least amount of boating accidents.
If You're Injured in a Florida Boating Accident
If you were injured in a Florida boating accident, contact Browning Law Firm as soon as possible for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help you navigate the legal process and help ensure you receive fair compensation. There are never any legal fees unless we win your case. To schedule an appointment, fill out our online contact form, or call us at 850-344-1736.