Boating Is Popular in Florida
Surrounded by oceans, lakes, and rivers, boating is a popular pastime across Florida. From the marinas of Pensacola to the scenery of the Everglades, being on a boat for fun, fishing, excitement, and recreation is enjoyed by millions of people every year.
But Boating Is Also Dangerous
What often goes unmentioned are the dangers and risks of fishing, boating, jet skiing, rafting and other water activities. Just like on congested roadways, congested waterways have just as many traffic hazards. Uncharted shallows, strong waves, wakes and currents, and other boats and watercraft with inexperienced or drunk pilots present unexpected dangers to boating enthusiasts. These dangers can lead to boating accidents, which can cause serious and catastrophic injury.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there were 704 boating accidents in Florida in 2012, which resulted in 55 fatalities and 386 injuries. The leading causes of these accidents were all attributed to human error, including speeding, piloting drunk, inexperience, failure to pay attention or keep a proper lookout for other boats or swimmers. If you are a boating enthusiast, be sure to follow all applicable safety practices, including wearing a life jacket.
What do I do after a boating accident?
If you are involved in a boating accident where there is a serious personal injury, death, disappearance of any person under circumstances which indicate death or injury, or if there is damage to the vessel(s) and/or personal property of at least $2,000, you are required to immediately report the accident to the police or to coastal authorities. After reporting the accident, it is advisable that you speak with a boating accident attorney at our firm to learn about your legal entitlements.