According to a report released Monday by the state wildlife service, boating accident s killed 11 people and injured 91 others in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties last year.
Palm Beach County ranked third for boating accidents in the state. Last year in Palm Beach County, there were 58 accidents, resulting in 31 injuries and two fatalities. A majority of the boating accidents happened around the Intracoastal or just offshore.
Broward County ranked fourth in the state. There were 41 boating accidents with 13 injuries and six fatalities last year. Many of the accidents occurred around Port Everglades, in various branches of the New River, in the Dania Cut-Off Canal and around Pompano Beach and Hillsboro Beach.
Monroe County was ranked number one in the state, with Miami-Dade coming in second.
State-wide, boating accidents are up from 74 accidents from 2010, with 742 boat accidents occurring across Florida in 2011.
The report shows the importance of wearing a life jacket as well as the importance of boat operators taking a boating safety class. Florida's coastal waters remain dangerous.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Florida boating accident, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your losses through legal recourse. An experienced boating accident attorney can advise you on the best course of action in recovering damages from medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and emotional trauma.
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