Boating accidents happen because of aggressive drivers and crowded waterways and this makes Florida one of the country’s most dangerous places for boating enthusiasts. If you were involved in a boating accident because of somebody else’s fault, contact a boating accident attorney at the Dante Law Firm for help.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating accident in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, or anywhere in the State of Florida, you need an experienced boating accident attorney. Boating injuries can be severe and it may not always be clear who is at fault for the accident. An experienced boating accidents attorney will be able to investigate your accident closely to establish who is to blame.
Florida has more registered vessels on the water than any other state. Perhaps this is why Florida also has the highest number of boating accidents, injuries, and fatalities each year. According to one report from The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, 2017 saw a 20 percent increase in boating accidents statewide. This is according to 2016 statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard. Among many causes, distracted boating is one of the more common reasons for personal watercraft accidents. Read more.
Florida is called the Sunshine State for good reason: it is home to nearly 1,200 miles of pristine coastline and over 600 miles of beautiful sandy beaches. In addition, the state of Florida boasts more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, and waterways and more than 7,700 lakes. This makes Florida a virtual boater’s paradise–365 days of the year. With our mild climate and sunny weather, nearly 900,000 registered boaters call Florida their home.
Boaters come from nearly every socio-economic background and span generations. From water skiing teenagers to elderly fishermen, boating offers a little something for everyone. Yet boating is not inherently without risk, and every year more than 4,500 boating accidents occur, causing thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths.
In 2017 alone, the Coast Guard reported 4515 accidents, involving 651 deaths, 3000 injuries, and $38 million dollars of damage to property. Nearly 71% of those fatalities were drowning accidents, and the large majority (85%) of those victims were not wearing a life jacket.
At the Dante Law Firm, P.A., our Miami boating accident attorneys have helped numerous boaters and their families who have been injured in boating accidents, including:
There are numerous reasons a boating accident can occur, from running aground to hitting another vessel and capsizing. Boating accident injuries also range from minor cuts and scrapes to more serious and life-threatening drowning or head injuries. Some of the more common causes of boating accidents include:
Boating injuries can range from minor broken bones to more serious drowning injuries. Some of the most common boating injuries include: