Boating AccidentsRecreational boating is extremely popular across Florida. Unfortunately, there are very few public safeguards for our waterways.
Boating in Florida
Our great home state of Florida is full of beautiful beaches, rivers, and lakes. Recreational boating is extremely popular across Florida. Unfortunately, there are very few public safeguards for our waterways. With few regulations, and officers to enforce them, the safety of recreational boaters depends on the level of responsibility of the other boaters in the vicinity. If other boaters in the vicinity do not know how to drive or maintain their boats, if they do not understand and follow basic boating rules and courtesies, or if they drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they could cause serious, even fatal, injuries.
Boating and Personal Injuries
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states, “The operator of a vessel involved in a boating accident where there is personal injury beyond immediate first-aid, 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, must, by the quickest means possible, give notice to one of the following: the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the sheriff of the county in which the accident occurred, or the police chief of the municipality in which the accident occurred, if applicable
It is unlawful for any person operating a vessel involved in a boating accident to leave the scene without giving all possible aid to the involved persons and without reporting the accident to the proper authorities.
Retaining an Attorney After a Boating Accident
If you or a loved one are injured in a boating accident, call The Frank Law Firm, 850-224-HELP (4357), to speak with us about your personal injury or wrongful death case.