Spring has “finally” arrived—though, living in the Inland Empire it feels like it has been here since December. While this may not yet be the case in every city, soon enough a wave of Spring and—soon after—Summer tourists will flood the area for vacations, boating, jet skiing, and all other manner of water sports.
Boating and jet skiing are very popular activities on vacation and can be a great deal of fun, too. With so many locations to choose from in the Inland Empire— such as Big Bear Lake, Lake Perris, and Lake Elsinore just to name a few—it is important to understand that these fun recreational activities can still pose a danger to their participants.
In 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard reported more than 4,500 accidents on the water. Of those, there were a total of 651 deaths, 3,000 total injuries, and more than $38 million in damages to property. Although these statistics are down from 2011, they are still staggering. The most common type of accident involved a boat colliding with another recreational vehicle. Fatalities occurred most commonly when the accident involved an open motorboat (with more than 285 deaths, most from drowning).
Most often, these accidents are caused by either operator inattention, or operator inexperience. Most serious injuries are the result of alcohol use (109) and drowning with failure to wear a life vest (379 out of 459 drowning deaths). These scary situations are easy to avoid. There are many facilities in the Inland Empire that provide boating safety courses. Taking one of these basic safety courses could make the difference in avoiding a serious injury and ensuring that your boating excursion is safe and fun. Similarly, as a passenger on a boat or jet ski, wearing a life vest can be the difference between life and death.
If you are injured in a boating accident despite your best efforts, an experienced personal injury attorney in the Inland Empire can help protect you and your family, getting you the necessary medical treatment you need and assisting you in the recovery of the often-exorbitant medical costs associated with these types of injuries.