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Monday, July 23, 2012

Teenage Girl Dies in Boating Accident

A 16 year old girl from San Antonio, Texas tragically died in a boating accident Friday, July 20, 2012 near Aransas Pass, Texas.

If you have suffered serious injury or lost a loved one in a boating accident, call Sheadyn R. Rogers, an Aransas Pass boating accident lawyer and personal injury trial lawyer, of the Law Offices of Sheadyn R. Rogers, P.C. at (361) 356-6057 today for a free consultation concerning your case.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Boating Accidents Still a Danger in Texas

Boating Facts - Accidents and Injuries

(according to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department)

August 2011

  • Mandatory boater education is required for anyone born on or after September 1, 1993 to operate a PWC or motorboat with a motor greater than 15 hp.
  • There are more than 600,000 registered boats in Texas, ranking it 6th in the country.
  • Texas has more square miles of inland water than any other state.
  • Recreational boating safety is a primary area of responsibility of Texas game wardens. The most common water safety citations are issued are for:
    1. Not having enough lifejackets on board the boat.
    2. Children younger than 13 not wearing a life jacket.
  • All children younger than age 13 must wear a life jacket while in a boat less than 26 feet in length that is underway.
  • Game Wardens and Marine Safety Enforcement Officers enforce the Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) law. A person who either appears to be impaired and/or has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher while operating a boat can be arrested for BWI.
  • A person arrested for BWI may be jailed for up to 180 days, be fined as much as $2,000 or both. Additionally, the person's drivers' license may be automatically suspended.
  • Alcohol plays a role in 50 percent of all boating accidents, according to BOAT US.
  • Nearly 85% of boating fatality drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.
  • A typical boating accident fatality involves:
    • An open motorboat;
    • Weekends between the hours of Noon and 7 p.m.;
    • The victim falling overboard; and
    • An operator between 26-50 years of age.

 

Texas Boating-Related Statistics
Calendar Year Accidents Injuries Fatalities BWIs
2001 242 191 41 224
2002 251 (88 PWC) 147 (64 PWC) 61 (5 PWC) 203
2003 265 (88 PWC) 175 (63 PWC) 38 (3 PWC) 194
2004 212 (55 PWC) 146 (48 PWC) 36 (4 PWC) 278
2005 211 (72 PWC) 100 (33 PWC) 36 (4 PWC) 284
2006 258 (81 PWC) 165 (52 PWC 47 (6 PWC) 230
2007 260 (94 PWC) 181 (81 PWC) 52 (0 PWC) 190
2008 271 (86 PWC) 173 (68 PWC) 61 (1 PWC) 238
2009 206 (76 PWC) 138 (76 PWC) 38 (1 PWC) 222
2010 152 (75 PWC) 136 (74 PWC) 27 (1 PWC) 318

PWC = Personal Watercraft

 

If You Have Suffered Serious Injuries as a Result of a Boating Accident in Texas, or Lost a Loved One Due to Wrongful Death as a Result of a Boating Accident, Call Sheadyn R. Rogers at (361) 356-6057, a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, Representing Boating Accident Victims Throughout SouthTexas and the Corpus Christi, Tx metroplex.


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