The 2009 National Safe Boating Week kicks off on May 16th. This year’s theme is Life Jacket Safety. The slogan for the week is, “Wear it!”
According to U.S. Coast Guard boating accident statistics:
- In 2007, 90% of drowning victims in boating accidents were not wearing life jackets.
- Nearly 70% boating accident deaths are attributed to drowning.
Boating safety experts encourage every boater to wear a life jacket consistently while boating. Just like seat belts have decreased car accident deaths, life jackets reduce boating accident deaths.
The Executive Director of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), John Johnson, wants to get the message out that life “jackets” are no longer bulky and orange. Old style models are being replaced with attractive styles which are compact, lightweight and attractive. Some styles resemble a pair of suspenders or are inflatable and some even have built in walkie-talkies.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in boating accidents and the families of those killed. If your boating accident was caused by the negligence of another person or due to poorly designed boating equipment, we can help. We are a personal injury firm with offices in Seattle and Bellevue.
Boating accidents can and do occur on Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, Tapps Lake, Lake Chelan and the water of the Puget Sound.
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