Category: Boating Accidents
Many people find boat racing to be an exhilarating sport. The boats are often flashy, high-tech and can race across the waves. With this ability comes danger. Those operating the boats have to be careful because just one maneuvering mistake could lead to disaster.
It is no surprise that Florida leads the nation in boating accidents because Florida has the highest number of registered boats in the United States. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida reported 671 boating accidents in 2016, the most in the United States.
Florida has the second largest coastline in the United States (at 1,350 miles) and extensive freshwater river and lake systems throughout the state. In conjunction with yearlong warm weather, this makes Florida the premier destination for recreational boating in the nation, but it also creates an environment ripe for boating accidents. In a 2015 report conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, Florida was found to have the largest number of registered recreational boating...
A trip to the beach will reveal that Florida has many PWCs (personal watercraft), and the numbers are growing. With this growth, we can expect accidents to occur which cause injuries and even, on occasion, fatalities.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida has more than 1,540 miles of navigable inland waterways and a 1,350-mile coastline (the 2nd longest of all states, after Alaska), much of which is well-trafficked and utilized for both commercial and recreational purposes. Boating and related equipment accidents are therefore quite common.
In Florida, both the operators and passengers of boats are entitled to bring personal injury claims (whether the defendant’s actions were negligent, reckless, or intentional) against other boaters if the defendant-operator in question caused their injuries.
Charter boats, or boats for hire, are always popular, but even more so this time of year. However, there are risks of which many may not be aware when undertaking a charter.
An 18 year-old, Alex Otte, believes the answer to the question of equal treatment of BUIs and DUIs is yes, and she is working hard to make Boating Under the Influence (BUI) have the same fines and punishments as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the state of Kentucky.
Whether you live on the Florida coast or near a lake, owning or having access to a speed boat, pontoon or a personal watercraft is nothing out of the ordinary. But because being out on the lake or ocean is so popular, Florida experiences a high number of boating-related injuries and fatalities.
Boat fires are particularly dangerous. In the May and June 2016 three boat fires occurred in south Florida.