Boating Statistics: What You Need To Know

  • In Florida there were approximately 1,000,000 registered vessels as of 2007.

  • The following numbers: 620, 668, 742, 704, and 736 are the reportable boating accidents for the years 2009 through 2013. (2013 is the last data available from the State of Florida.) (“Boating accidents” are counted as those exceeding $2000 in property damage by the State of Florida.)

  • In 2012, Florida had the most reportable boating accidents of any other state in the U.S. and almost twice as many boating accidents as the next closest state, California.

  • In 2013 there were 420 reported boating injuries. Of those injuries in 2013, 39% were to Operators of vessels, 1% to Swimmers, and 60% were to Passengers.

  • The counties with the most accidents in 2013, in order, are: 1. Miami-Dade, 2. Monroe, 3. Palm Beach, 4. Broward, 5. Pinellas. (Miami-Dade also has the highest number of registered vessels.)

  • The month with the most reportable boating accidents is: May. (Memorial Day is considered by many to be the un-official kickoff of the boating season.)

  • Two times of day hold the highest number of boating accidents: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.

  • A high percentage of accidents occur within canals, rivers, and bays.

  • The two most common sources of boating accidents are: 1. Collisions with other vessels, 2. Collisions with fixed objects.

  • A high secondary source of incidents is falling overboard.

  • The overwhelming consistent activity at the time of a boating accident is: the recreational vessel was cruising.

  • For the year 2013, there were 736 boating accidents involving 1012 vessels.

  • In 2013 there were 53 fatalities, and 47 of those involved single-vessel incidents.

  • The three factors leading to the most boating accidents, in order, are: 1. No proper look-out, 2. Excessive speed, 3. Operator inexperience.

  • 95% of all boating accidents for 2013 occurred in State waters (i.e., within 3 miles Atlantic side, 9 miles Gulf side)

See Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Also known as “FWCC”, “FWC”.


***None of the foregoing is legal advice and is not meant to give legal advice. Each case is different. This is why it is important to contact us on the specific facts of your case. What you say in making the claim can greatly affect your outcome.