MIAMI PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER SHARES INSIGHT FOR DEALING WITH BOATING ACCIDENTS
INJURED OR INVOLVED IN A BOATING ACCIDENT? READ THIS ARTICLE
Boating collisions and negligence are the number one cause of boating accidents in Florida.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, reports that many boaters are negligent when taking to Florida waterways and this has resulted in 79 fatal accidents and many injured. Poor training and boating safety education are among the leading causes of boating accidents.
With the number of boating registrations rising significantly over the past two years, the number or boating accidents is expected to increase dramatically. These are the figures as they stand today according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
- 985,005 registered vessels
- 836 reportable boating accidents
- 387 collisions with either another vessel (224) or a fixed object (163).
- Drowning was leading cause of death (47%); Trauma was second (39%)
- 69% of the operators in fatal boating accidents had no formal boater education
The FWC stated that “Florida leads the nation in registered vessels, but it is estimated that up to one million non-registered vessels actively use Florida’s waters, and this segment of the boating population appears to still be growing.”
Boating accidents is a broad category of accidents involving a vessel regardless if any individual suffered injuries. However, typically boating accident involve personal injuries, death or missing persons. Even an incident where an individual suffered a fear of drowning with long-term mental anguish may be actionable.
Boating accidents tend to be very complex and challenging. Liability for a boating accident may involve the operator of the vessel, the employer, the owner of the vessel and the manufacturers of the vessel or its equipment and parts if it caused or contributed to the boating accident. A boating accident may be caused by operator error, which could make the operator, the employer and the owner liable.
Many factors can contribute to a boating accident. One of the most common factors involved in a boating accident is the intoxication of the operator of the vessel. All states impose severe penalties for those found guilty of boating under the influence. Some jurisdictions even go as far as to assign some of the liability to the operator who may not be factually responsible for the boating accident. If you suspect the operator of the vessel may be intoxicated or intends to consume intoxicants during the voyage, it is best to stay ashore and inform the authorities.
Other factors, such as weather conditions may also increase the chances of a boating accident. Severe weather conditions are responsible for a significant number of boating accidents. Typically, victims of boating accidents caused by weather fail to pursue compensation claims. Modern vessels are equipped with a wide array of required equipment meant to warn the operator of impending inclement weather. If the operator fails to avoid incoming dangerous conditions by changing course or staying in the port, then the victims of the boating accident may have an actionable claim for compensation.
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