Maryland Boat Accident Lawyers Discuss Increase in Boat Accident FatalitiesAugust 17, 2015
Labor Day is coming later than usual this year, providing many Maryland residents and visitors the opportunity to take advantage of the extended boating season. Unfortunately, however, with the increased boating activity also comes a higher risk of boating-related accident injuries and fatalities.
Boat accident fatalities are already on the rise this year. So far, the state of Maryland has seen 17 people killed in boat accidents. This is an increase over the state’s average of 12 boating-related deaths per year, and the summer is not yet over. According to a Department of Natural Resources representative, the number of fatalities this year is due in part to an increase in boating activity caused by warmer weather and low gas prices.
Maryland residents and visitors are urged to take heightened precautions when heading out to sea. One of the easiest ways for boaters to protect themselves is to wear a life jacket. Of the 17 people killed in Maryland boat accidents this year, 14 were not wearing this simple lifesaving device. There are numerous excuses people give for not wearing their life jacket. They may think that there will be time to put one on if there is an accident; or think that their experience and swimming ability is enough to keep them safe. Tragically, this is rarely the case. No one plans to have a boat accident, and even the strongest swimmers can run into serious trouble if they are thrown into the water unexpectedly, especially when injuries are involved.
Safety officials warn boaters to check the weather reports and to notify others where they are going and when they should be expected back. Never boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and whenever possible, avoid proximity of anyone operating their vessel in a careless or reckless manner.
Maryland Boat Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight for Those Injured in Boating Accidents
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury in a boat accident caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent act of another, the Maryland boat accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton can help. Call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today to schedule your free consultation, or you can contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, allowing us to represent boat accident victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.