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Boat Accident

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Boat Accident Attorneys

Helping Victims of Boat Accidents in Palm Bay, Sebastian, and Vero Beach

Boating Accidents

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission defines a boating accident as “A collision, accident, or casualty involving a vessel in or upon, or entering into or exiting from, the water, including capsizing, collision with another vessel or object, sinking, personal injury, death or disappearance of any person from on board under circumstances which indicate the possibility of death or injury, or property damage to any vessel or dock.”

Types of Boating Accidents

  • Private Vessels
  • PWC or Personal Watercrafts
  • Dock Accidents
  • Cruise Ship Injuries

For 2013, Florida holds the most Boating fatalities. 51 Boating fatalities occurred in 2013. In July, 27.5% of the boating accidents occurred. During the time period of 4:00PM-6:00PM, a boating accident is most likely to occur in the State of Florida. Many Boating Injuries occur as well, with more than 420 injuries in 2013 in Florida. In 2014, there was an increase to 634 boating accidents, which turned into 365 injures.

Boating Accident Compensation

A boating accident may be a significant financial implication on you or a loved one. Fortunately, the law provides many remedies for compensation, which includes:

  • Medical Bills
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Lost Wages
  • Lost Earning Potential
  • Specialized Equipment

In Indian River County, there were 4 reportable boating accidents in 2014, with one boating fatality, and one boating injury. This resulted in $13,500 in property damage, ranking Boating Accidents in Indian River County the 31st highest county in Florida.

Top Causes of Boating Accidents

  1. Jet Ski

    Inexperience: vessel operators do not have the experience they should when on the water. We strongly recommend taking a boater safety course. For more information, please visit the Federal Wildlife Commission’s website here.

  2. Intoxication: driving a vessel is not much different from driving a vehicle. This is why there is a zero-tolerance policy for driving vessels while intoxicated. However, still many vessel operators negligently become involved in a boating accident due to alcohol. Make sure when you are operating a vessel, you are not consuming alcohol.

  3. Inattention: your full attention is required when operating a vehicle. In the split of a moment, circumstances can change just as driving. An operator’s inattention have been the No. 2 cause of boating accidents for this reason.

  4. Equipment Failure: a vessel needs proper maintenance. This means annual checkups to ensure that everything is functioning as it should be.

  5. Weather: before operating your boat, make sure to check the weather because the weather can change rapidly. By checking a good interactive map such as this one, you can see if any storms are headed in the direction you will be boating to avoid them. Furthermore, make sure to have the proper equipment with you when boating at night.

If you have been involved in a boating accident in Palm, seek the advice of an experienced boating accident injury attorney immediately. Our offices are experienced in maritime law, and can advise you accordingly. We have been serving boating accident victims in Palm Bay, Sebastian, and Vero Beach for the past 30 years. Contact us today for a Free Consultation.

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