June 26th, 2013|
June 26, 2013
Despite a rise in the number of registered boats on Ohio’s waterways, state officials report a decrease in the number of Ohio Boating Accidents that are occurring.
According to an article from The Marietta Times, there have been only two fatal boating accidents in the state this year. This follows a decreasing trend over the last twenty years. A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Watercraft Division stated the number of boating accidents in the state has decreased by more than 25 percent over the last decade, compared to the previous ten-year time frame.
This leaves many wondering what changes have led to the decrease. Most experts tend to agree that awareness of the problem is the main contributing factor in the decrease. This has been achieved through numerous educational programs and the creation of laws aimed at teaching boaters how to safely operate a water vessel.
The state of Ohio requires all boaters of a certain age complete a boating safety course before taking to the water. The law also requires anyone aboard a watercraft to wear a life preserver.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy applaud the efforts being made to improve boating safety in the state and hope the number of boating accidents in the state continue to decrease.