Boating & Drinking: Not a Good Mix

Sunshine. Friends and family. Fun on the water. In Florida, we all know this is a great way to spend any day, whether you are out fishing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, or just pleasure cruising. The goal is to relax and spend time with people you enjoy, while still making safety a top priority.

Alcohol Use Can Ruin a Good Day on the Water

As with any recreational scenario, all too often alcohol enters the picture and a good day spirals out of control, especially after a full day of activity and exposure to the sun.

While passengers enjoying alcohol in moderation is acceptable, the ‘captain’ should consider drinking and boating to be just as dangerous as drinking and driving a car. While it may be more difficult to assess whether someone is boating under the influence, the consequences can be just as catastrophic, or worse.

Statistics released for 2015 showed that there were 4,158 accidents involving boats in the US. There were 626 deaths, and 2,603 injuries reported by the Coast Guard—along with $42 million in damage overall. Out of the deaths reported, 22 were children under 13. In 17 percent of these cases, alcohol was listed as the primary factor. Continue reading

Motorcyclists: Defensive Driving is More Important Than Ever!

If you are or know an avid motorcycle enthusiast, there is usually at least one ‘accident story’—and often, it’s a terrifying one. Riding a motorcycle offers numerous benefits, from greater fuel efficiency and easier maintenance to the thrill of being outdoors and enjoying a sense of community with others who ride. Most of us are aware of the intrinsic dangers of riding a motorcycle too though. Aside from dangers associated with traveling at high speeds or around curves, or battling bad weather, motorcyclists can often become the odd man out in normal traffic. Continue reading

Five Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Most of us spend a substantial amount of our time in cars, whether commuting to and from work, carting kids to school and baseball or soccer games, or running around town doing errands. In a year, the average driver travels almost 11,000 miles and is in the car nearly 300 hours. And while you may be worried about tired or drunk drivers, inexperienced carloads of teens on the road, or even having to slam on the brakes for wildlife on back roads, the greatest threat to your safety on the road is one that only seems to be increasing: distracted drivers. Because of this, it’s very important to be on the defensive when driving, keeping an eye out for drivers who don’t seem to be giving their full attention to the road, and making sure that texts or calls don’t distract you as well. Continue reading