Why Do Boat Accidents Occur In Florida?
At MLG Injury, our Florida boat accident attorneys know there is no shortage of vessels in and around the Sunshine State.
Whether it is one of the over 960,000 boats registered by our residents, or the incalculable number of fishing, charter, tour, and ferry boats that provide valuable services to guests and tourists, when these vessels are operating safely, they provide nothing but fun and function on our expansive waterways.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the proper training to get behind the wheel of a boat. Some are unsure of how their speed on the water differs from speeding in a vehicle. Others simply choose drinking and boating over safety, which is one of the largest causes of boat accidents in Florida, and throughout the country. When negligence is a factor, there is no limit to how quickly a boat accident can occur.
If you have been injured in a boating accident caused by negligence — or have tragically lost a loved one — contact our skilled personal injury lawyers in Florida today to discuss your case during a free consultation. We will clearly and openly explain your legal rights and options to hold the liable person or party accountable for your complete financial recovery.
Determining the Main Causes of Florida Boat Accidents
The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the causes of most boat accidents — in Florida and throughout the nation — occur partly or entirely within the control of the boat’s operator.
Florida boat accidents are often caused by:
- Alcohol or drug use
- Distracted operation of a vessel
- Excessive speed
- Operator inexperience
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Force of waves/wake
- Lack of lifejackets and/or safety gear
- Falls overboard
- Navigational errors
- Capsizing and/or sinking
- Equipment failures
- Improper lookout
- Onboard fires
- Running aground
- Propeller accidents
- Slips and falls aboard the vessel
- Colliding with other vessels
If you have been injured in a boat accident caused by the operator of the vessel you were on, or in an incident caused by another boater or occupant, contact our skilled Florida personal injury lawyers to discuss your injuries today during a free consultation.
Common Injuries that Occur During Florida Boat Accidents Florida
Because boat accidents occur on the water, the vessel, captain, and occupants are often removed from immediate medical help. That means it may take some time for emergency responders to reach the vessel and attend to the injuries, which can worsen the individual’s condition.
Some of the more common boat accident injuries in Florida may include, but are not limited to:
- Torn tissue and ligaments
- Joint injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck and spine injuries
- Head injuries, including Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Near drownings and drownings
- Wrongful death
If you are unsure who is responsible for your injuries, contact our skilled Florida boat accident lawyers today to investigate your circumstances, so we may pursue the person, party, or parties that were responsible today.
Contact Our Experienced Boat Accident Attorneys in Florida for a Free Consultation
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a Florida boat accident, contact our experienced personal injury lawyers at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling (786) 206-8807. We can help determine who is responsible for your full financial recovery, so you can focus on getting your life back on track.