Boating, sailing, and other watercrafts are a significant part of the South Florida lifestyle. Whether it’s on one of our rivers, intracoastal, canals, or oceans, many area residents enjoy spending the day on the water, but with the popularity of boating comes inevitable risks, and our busy waterways are sometimes the scene of boating accidents that cause serious injury and sometimes death.
According to a report by the US Coast Guard that compiles statistics for recreational boating accidents, approximately 4,500 boating accidents occurred in the United States in 2012, over 65% of which resulted in injury. The report indicates that most boating accidents are caused by negligent and unsafe operation of the vessel, including operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, machinery failure and excessive speed. Alcohol use and violation of navigation rules also resulted in a high number of boat accidents. Alcohol use while operating a boat resulted in the highest number of deaths caused by a boating accident.
The vast majority of boat owners and operators are well trained and exercise the utmost level of caution to prevent injuries to fellow boaters and swimmers in surrounding waters. It only takes a small amount of negligence to create a dangerous situation that can result in harm and injury to multiple people. All types of boats, whether a speed boat, sailboat, or even a jet ski, can cause danger and injury with an inexperienced or reckless person at the helm.
Unsafe manufacturing, maintenance, or design of the boat can also cause watercraft accidents. Generally, boats aren’t subject to as rigorous safety regulations as cars and trucks, even though they are also large, fast moving, complex machines that have the potential of causing injury if a collision or other type of accident takes place.
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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a boating accident in the State of Florida, I can help you get your life back on track. Since 2001, I have been committed to helping accident victims and their families recover the fair financial compensation that they deserve under Florida State Law. Schedule a free initial consultation with me by calling my office at (561) 721-1600.
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The costs associated with hiring a lawyer are often a major concern for people who have been injured in a boating accident and may be facing financial challenges or may be unable to work, which can make the process of hiring an attorney seem even more confusing and overwhelming. I represent victims on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay me a fee or any costs, until and unless I successfully resolve your case.