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Coast Guard Releases Statistics Related To Boating Accidents

Are you practicing good boat safety when you're out on the water this summer? According to statistics compiled by the US Coast Guard, here are some things you may want to keep in mind the next time you're on our local rivers and lakes (most recent statistics available reflects data from the year 2017):


-Overall, there were about 4,300 boating accidents in 2017, which led to 650+ deaths and over 2,600 injuries
-Of all fatal accidents, 76% of victims drowned and, out of those victims, 84.5% were NOT wearing a lifejacket
-When boat length was known, 80% of drowning victims were in boats less than 21 feet long
-Alcohol was the primary known factor in many of the fatal boating accidents
-When instruction data was available, over 80% of the deaths involved boats where operators didn't have any known boating safety instruction
-About 170 accidents involved people being struck by a boat propeller
-The top five accident factors included operator lack of attention, operator inexperience, boat machinery failure, alcohol use, and improper availability/use of lookout


Boating accidents see an expected and marked increase in the summer, especially involving intoxication while driving a boat.  In this area, Glendale and Raystown lakes are arguably the most susceptible places in our local area for such occurrences.  Victims of boating accidents injured due to the fault of another may have lasting and extensive injuries that result in compounded medical bills and significant changes in mobility and ability.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an attorney serving western and central Pennsylvania that handles cases involving personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.

Safe Boating Practices

Are you being safe this boating season? GoErie.com wrote an article highlighting Pennsylvania's history of boating accidents and how we can prevent them! In 2015, there were 52 total boating accidents, 4 of which were fatal.  Alcohol was a major factor in three of the accidents.   Most of the boating accidents from last year involved collisions with other boating vehicles and/or fixed objects, flooding/swamping and grounding.  Many of the accidents were the result of operator inattention, inexperience, improper lookout, failure of boating machinery, and excessive speed.

Summer TBI Prevention

Summer presents a great opportunity to enjoy time outside with family and friends.  Sometimes, these outside activities can also pose risks.  This is especially true for activities where you are more exposed to the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  When you and your loved ones are outside, it is important to remember the following tips to avoid summer injury:

Boating Accident On Susquehanna River Leads To Legal Charges

Please be careful when you are out boating this summer.  If you are driving others in your boat, it is important that you know that you are responsible for what happens while others are on your vessel.  According to a Williamsport, PA area story, two people were recently charged in relation to a boating accident last summer.  Within the Sun-Gazette article, it was noted that a man died after jumping off a moving boat in the Susquehanna River last summer.  As a result, the operators of the boat were charged with a felony failure as operators involved in a boating accident, as well as reckless and negligent operation of a watercraft.  Within the official investigation, it was noted that the people on board the boat had been drinking, and some were very intoxicated. 

Common Summertime Hazards--Did You Expect These?

In continuing on prior blog posts, it is important to be aware of the unique dangers and hazards that the summer weather can bring.  Some of them might be familiar to you, such as drowning, heat strokes, and bike accidents.  However, did you expect to see fireworks, food poisoning, and playground injuries to be among the list of top summertime hazards? All of these accidents possess potentially painful, serious, and/or life-threatening injuries.  If they are caused at the fault of another person, it may be time to seek legal counsel. 

Avoid Accidents While Camping This Summer

Are you planning on camping and experiencing one of our state's great parks this summer? If so, there are a few apps that you can put on your phone or tablet to make camping easier, more enjoyable, and safer! Check out the list, provided by GoErie.com (http://www.goerie.com/article/20160616/LIFESTYLES21/306169914/apps-can-enhance-your-camping-experience).  These apps include camp cooking recipes, constellation spotting guides, and various tips for knot tie techniques.  One of the other most important apps is the first aid and safety app!  

Six PA State Parks Make List of Great Family Parks!

We all know that our state of Pennsylvania is beautiful and offers a huge range of outdoor adventure opportunities, especially in the summer! We have so many great natural parks in our state, which includes many lakes that allow for fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoeing.  Recently, six of our state's parks made the list of "Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Fish and Boat", including two in our area! Keystone State Park in Pittsburgh and Bald Eagle State Park near Bellefonte both made the list.  

Prevent Boating Accidents With These Simple Tips

Are you being safe this boating season? GoErie.com wrote an article highlighting Pennsylvania's history of boating accidents and how we can prevent them! In 2015, there were 52 total boating accidents, 4 of which were fatal.  Alcohol was a major factor in three of the accidents.   Most of the boating accidents from last year involved collisions with other boating vehicles and/or fixed objects, flooding/swamping and grounding.  Many of the accidents were the result of operator inattention, inexperience, improper lookout, failure of boating machinery, and excessive speed.

Water Temps May Be Dangerously Cold For Boating, Even In Summer

Are you aware of the boating/water dangers during this time of the year?  Once such article through the Standard Examiner took a close look at this issue.

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