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Summer is officially here and it’s time to enjoy outdoor activities with your loved ones. Additionally, boating has become more popular especially around the warmer seasons. Have fun but make sure you’re safe. Unfortunately, boat accidents due to negligent drivers have caused over 3,000 serious injuries every year in the United States.
According to Maryland Department of Health, a total of 150 accidents were reported in 2016, which is a 36% increase compared to 110 reported in 2013. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boat accidents and it was listed as the leading factor in 15% of deaths in the DMV area. In Washington D.C. and Virginia, boating accident cases are beginning to rise as well. The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats, personal watercraft and cabin motorboats. As a result, 84% of victims who were involved in a boat accident did not wear a life jacket and the majority of them drown in this case.
In Washington D.C, Maryland, and Virginia, you should file a formal written boat accident report if the damages are at least $2,000 to a vessel or the equipment on board, the accident causes an injury that requires medical attention beyond first-aid or fatality, or if any of the occupants disappear. In addition, the reports come with a timeline of these incidents. if a person, dies within 24 hours, is injured and requires medical treatment beyond first aid, or disappears from the vessel under circumstances that indicate death or injury there is a 48 hour time limit. Within 10 days, a person should report property damages or missing property that exceeds more than $2,000.
Be safe and smart these warmer climates. Also, wear a life jacket and limit alcohol consumption if you’re planning to be on any boating vessel. Lastly, if you are planning to enjoy yourself with a drink, drink responsibly and make sure you have a reliable driver. If would like to learn more information, click here to see how Malloy Law Offices, LLC handles these scenarios. Please contact our boat accident lawyer at (240) 221-7424 for a free consultation!