November might not be the ideal time to jump into an outdoor swimming pool, but with local high temperatures ranging at nearly 70 degrees, water activities remains a real possibility for boating enthusiasts. Our Tuscaloosa accident attorneys believe that anytime water recreation is possible is a good time to remind people of the dangers of drowning accidents. Just as important, understand that the risk of drowning is very real for adults, as well as for children.
Even during the summer months, adults are at risk of drowning. According to Alabama Media Group, Alabama saw 69 drowning deaths according to most recent statistics from 2013. Even though drowning is considered to be the number one cause of death in children, that same article cites five drowning deaths within the prior week that involved victims with ages ranging from teens to 63.
Once children are back in school, adults often take the opportunity for adult-only boating trips, and they may be likely to engage in more risky behavior when no kids are present. Unfortunately, 2014 statistics indicate that alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. While these deaths may pertain to intoxicated operators, alcohol use by victims can lead to their deaths, as well.
Whether they ride in motorboats, enjoy personal watercraft, head out in a non-motorized boat or even jump in for a cool swim, adults need to take safety seriously any time of year. The following tips can help:
Of course, no one can control the behavior of others. In the event that anyone sustains injuries or fatalities due to negligent acts of other individuals, they need to seek advice from a legal advocate who understands the complex considerations behind accident injury claims.
Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2014 Recreational Boating Statistics, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety
Alabama Swimming Pool Accidents a Summer Risk, Tuscaloosa personal injury blog