Contact Our Venice Injury Attorney
Four people recently lost their lives in a boating accident that occurred
off the coast of Miami. Meanwhile, a collision near Clearwater claimed
the lives of two people who were visiting from Pennsylvania. In the state
of Florida, boating accidents continue to be a serious threat to the lives
of beachgoers, fishers and all individuals who enjoys the waters of the
Our Venice injury attorney represents victims of boating accidents. If
you have been hurt, we want to help you.
Boating Accidents Are a Big Problem in Florida
In years past, Florida has led the country in terms of the number of boat
accidents and boat-related fatalities. Today, this trend continues. Many
believe the state suffers so many boat accidents in part because it only
recently introduced a licensing requirement for boat drivers. In particular,
the law focuses on licensing boat drivers who are now reaching into their
mid-20s, as only those born after or on January 1, 1988 are affected.
This means that potentially tens of thousands of boat drivers on Florida
waters have not received training on safe watercraft operation, because
the law does not require a license to operate a watercraft with an engine
of 10 horsepower or more for individuals born before that date.
Common Causes of Florida Boating Accidents
According to a study by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC), most Florida boating accidents involved the collision of a boat
with another vessel or object. From these accidents, the most common cause
of death was drowning. Many of the deaths and serious injuries also involved
individuals who were not wearing life vests at the time of the collision.
Frequent causes of Florida boat collisions include:
- Drunk boat drivers
- Distracted or inexperienced drivers
- Poorly maintained vessels
- High speeds
- Defective vessel design or manufacture
- Ignoring or disregarding navigational rules
Do You Need a Florida Injury Attorney?
The court of law holds negligent boat operators liable for their reckless
actions. Boat accident victims and their families may be able to secure
compensation for their medical expenses, loss income as well as pain and
Contact our Venice injury lawyer if you or a loved one were hurt in a boating
accident. We are a small, personalized injury law firm dedicated to fighting
for justice on behalf of individuals and families located in southwest
Florida. For a free consultation, call our office at (866) 233-4529.