Category: Boating Accidents
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.
Hit and run accidents are frequently in the news and are often about vehicle accidents. However, these accidents also happen on our waterways. NBC-2 reported, after a May 29, 2016 Cape Coral boat crash, that authorities were investigating an accident where two juveniles were fishing when a speeding boat hit their boat near the Cape Coral Yacht Club. The boat causing the accident left the scene.
Boating accidents happen too often and can cause serious injuries to children. With thousands of miles of beautiful coastline, Florida is ideal for boating with families, and many enjoy spending quality time together. A challenge for parents is cruising safely with children.
The U.S. Coast Guard reported that in 2014 (latest available statistics) PWCs (personal watercraft) were involved in 30 percent of all reported boating accidents. In these accidents there were 592 injuries and 34 deaths.