Unfortunately, the state of Pennsylvania is home to numerous boating accidents every single year. Some of these accidents result in catastrophic injuries that leave their victims with disabilities and pain for the rest of their lives. Others result in death.
By looking at 2013 statistics on boating accidents, readers of this blog can gain a sense for how prevalent such injuries are. Hopefully, the stark reality of these numbers will also serve to bring more awareness to the need for everyone to participate in safe boating practices.
In 2013, a total of 71 boating accidents occurred in the state of Pennsylvania. Sixteen of those accidents were fatal. Thirty-five of them involved non-fatal injuries. Twenty of the accidents involved property damages amounting to $132,623 in damages.
A total of 17 actual deaths and 42 injuries resulted from the 71 incidents last year. Depending on the nature of these crashes -- who authorities deemed was at fault, who was driving and whether any other boats were involved -- injured or fatally injured passengers from these boating accidents may have civil for financial restitution under the law. Indeed, any Pennsylvania resident who is injured in a boating crash may wish to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney about the nature of his or her accident and injuries for the purpose of evaluating if a viable claim for damages exists.
A successfully navigated boating accident claims -- whether it is a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit -- could be extremely helpful to victims in achieving a sense of closure relating to the crash. It could also help them financially in terms of compensation for damages relating to medical costs, disabilities, pain and suffering, lost income, end of life expenses and other categories of loss.
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard, "2013 Recreational Boating Statistics" Nov. 12, 2014