(On Behalf of Gibby Andry Law, New Orleans, LA, Boat Accident Attorney)
Boating sure can be fun! Many of us try to take out the boat as often as we can. For some of us, a boat ride is a special event. Regardless, most of us have a favorite story to share about being out on the open water. Tragically, for some, a boat ride may have claimed the life of a loved one.
In 2010, the U.S. Coast Guard accounted for over 4,000 recreational boating accidents, causing injury to over 3000 folks and creating over $35 million in property damage. Almost 700 people died in boating accidents that year and, sadly, it is estimated that the use of a life jacket could have saved the lives of over 80 percent of those who died. Operator errors are responsible for 70% of all boat accidents. Specifically, operator inattention or inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed and alcohol are the leading factors contributing to boating accidents. Alcohol is the leading factor (19%) in all boating fatalities. Interestingly, the size of the boat seems also to be a factor as eight out of ten of those who were fatally injured were in vessels that were less than 21 feet in length.
Boating injuries can be serious. Wear a life jacket at all times and NEVER boat under the influence of alcohol. Remember that the law requires you to report boating accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious boating accident, give us a call at (888) 696-6049. The Gibby Andry Law Firm is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and we have the experience necessary to properly evaluate serious cases of injury and/or death related to boating accidents. Let us get to work on getting you and your family the compensation you deserve.