According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there were close to 1,000 boating accidents in Florida in 2013 alone – resulting in almost 450 injuries. From 2007 to 2013, there were approximately 4,795 boating accidents that claimed the lives of over 500 people. Of those accidents in 2013 which resulted in fatalities, 63% involved operators who had never taken a boating safety course. Boating involves powerful motor vehicles and can therefore be just as dangerous as driving a car or motorcycle. Unfortunately, many see boating as a purely relaxing or recreational activity, and fail to account for the serious accidents and potentially catastrophic injuries that can occur.
Proper boating education is extremely important, because until an individual understands the risks associated with water crafts, he or she is unlikely to act with the level of care that is necessary to prevent accidents from occurring on the water. This negligence can make the boater liable if he or she causes an accident. Boating accidents can be very traumatic for those who have been wrongfully injured as well as their family members – having an experienced Fort Lauderdale boat accident attorney on your side while you recover from your injuries will help your case go much smoother.
The following are examples of reckless or dangerous boat operator behavior:
- Overloading the boat with too many occupants or too much cargo
- Failure to look out for others on the water, including those skiing and tubing
- Driving the boat at a dangerous speed
- Riding a large wave or wake at a dangerous speed
- Failure to ensure proper maintenance of the boat
- Failure to follow rules and protocol for boat operators
- Colliding with a fixed object
- Boating under the influence of drugs and / or alcohol
Contact Our Florida Boating Accident Lawyers
Personal injury law exists to help injured people seek the compensation they deserve after an unexpected accident they didn’t cause. If you or a loved one have been severely hurt, or have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one, speak with our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Kelley/Uustal right away. We provide our clients with effective advocacy, and we refuse to settle for less than the pursuit of a favorable outcome to their cases. Our team offers free case consultations, so don’t wait any longer to contact us. Contact our Fort Lauderdale firm today to discuss your case with a reliable and experienced injury attorney.