How Frequent Are Boating Accidents In Florida?

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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 Orange State.

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 suffering.

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.

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