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June 3, 2013
Data collected by the state of Ohio is showing an increased volume in the number of registered boats on the state’s waterways this year. Experts are warning though, that with the higher volume of boaters present, comes an increased risk of Ohio Boat Accidents occurring.
A story from The Columbus Dispatch explained there were nearly 445,000 registered boats in Ohio last year, marking one of the highest counts on registered boats in recent years. The problem with this increasing number is the limited space available for boats to operate in the region. Experts say three of the top accident-yielding waterways in the state only have a combined total space of 19-square miles.
This lack of space combined with high volumes of inexperienced boaters is a recipe for disaster. Last year, there were a total of 161 boating accidents reported in the state that resulted in 11 fatalities on Ohio’s waterways.
So, what can boaters do to reduce the number of accidents occurring? Taking a boating safety course before hitting the water is one of the best ways to prevent collisions. In fact, these programs are so effective, the state now requires anyone operating a watercraft who was born after January 1, 1982, to participate. Officials say refraining from consuming alcohol while on the water is also an effective way to reduce the chances of an accident.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy also suggest boaters always wear a life preserver!
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