Several Factors To Blame In Florida Boat Accidents

May 14, 2009

A 74 year old man was hospitalized in critical condition after his 60 foot yacht caught fire near West Palm Beach. A couple were found dead in the engine room after accidentally tripping the fire extinguishing system, depriving the room of oxygen. A 7 year old child is left in a coma after a nighttime collision between a 30 foot boat and a small bass fishing boat. Because of horrific Florida boat accidents like these, Florida leads the nation in dangers posed to local boating enthusiasts.

Every year, millions of locals and tourists alike bask in Florida’s famed sun while partaking in variety of outdoor activities. With more than one million registered vessels, boating is an increasingly popular method of outdoor recreation. However, with great fun comes great responsibility. Florida boaters reported 5,191 accidents in 2007, resulting in 685 tragic deaths (including 16 children under age 12). Most commonly, these catastrophes are a result of alcohol, careless operators, drug use, and excessive speed. Florida boat accidents come in a variety of forms, but the most frequent (and the most deadly) are collisions between vessels, collisions between fixed objects, capsizing, and falls overboard.

In as many as 80% of all boating deaths, the driver of the boat involved had not completed a boating safety education course. Though life preservers may seem like common sense, more than 80% of people who died in Florida boat accidents failed to use a floatation device.

Boaters who are involved in accidents are well advised to seek an attorney to help navigate the complex legal issues that may result. Depending on where your boat accident occurs in Florida, you may be subject to Florida laws, federal laws, or both. There are also a variety of navigational laws and engineering issues that come into play.

For more information about boat accidents in Florida, contact Florida boating accident lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529 for a free, no-obligation consultation, or email him today.


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