Florida Leads Nation In Boating Accidents

CLEARWATER, Fla. – With their boat taking on water, four people called the U.S. Coast Guard for help on Saturday several miles off the coast of Anclote Key. All four people were successfully rescued from the capsized 19-foot boat by a U.S. Coast Guard JayHawk helicopter crew, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson. The accident this weekend is part of a growing problem in Florida, which continues to lead the nation in boating accidents. Boating accidents are up 7.3 percent nationwide, and boating deaths are up a whopping 12 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to newly-released statistics compiled by the U.S. Coast Guard in their annual report. There were 684 boating accidents in Florida alone in 2016, up from 671 the year before, and 581 in 2014, according to the report. Florida had by far the greatest number of boating accidents in 2016 compared to every other state. What’s more, the U.S. Coast Guard statistics suggest the accidents, and associated deaths, are often avoidable: 83 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket. Alcohol is also often a contributing factor, according to the report, associated with 15% of boating deaths, the leading primary cause.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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