Boating, Jetski and Personal Watercraft Accidents

According to the latest Florida Fish and Wildlife reports, the Sunshine State has the highest incidence of boating related injuries and fatalities in the country. Although these injuries can occur in a variety of different contexts, most accidents occur when boating operators fail to act responsibly on the water or fail to understand or appreciate the rules of navigation. Whether you have been injured on a private boat, commercial vessel, jet ski or other personal watercraft, the experienced boating accident lawyers at the Boyers Law Group will help you successfully navigate your case and achieve just compensation for your injuries.

Captain Error or Negligence

“Red, right, return.” It simply means keep the red navigation guides, such as buoys, to your right when returning from sea. This is one of the most basic tenets of nautical navigation. Unfortunately, this and many other rules of the road are ignored causing accidents on the waterways. In Florida, anyone over the age of 14 can receive a boating license without ever demonstrating practical boating skills or meeting rigorous education or training requirements. As a result, most Florida boating and watercraft accidents are caused by operator or captain error. Although inexperienced or negligent boat captains are the most common cause, serious injuries can occur in many ways including the following:

  • Collisions and capsizing
  • Prop/ propeller accidents
  • Fires/explosions
  • Falls overboard
  • Slip and falls
Alcohol Related Accidents

Under Florida law, it is a crime to operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Nevertheless, many boaters seem to view this law as a guideline rather than a rule. Boating is a dangerous activity in and of itself. When boaters act irresponsibly and cause injuries while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are liable to the accident victims for damages.

Cruise Ship Injuries

Boyers Law Group attorneys have extensive experience representing the victims of Florida cruise ship related injuries in a wide range of contexts.

Charter Boats/Ferries/Tenders

Similar to private vessels, owners and operators of commercial watercraft are responsible for the safety of all those on board. This includes passengers utilizing the gangway during the boarding process. In these cases, the captain, crew and the owner may be held liable for any injuries that were caused as the result of their negligence.

A victim of boating or watercraft negligence may recover monetary compensation for, among other things, pain, suffering, mental anguish, loss of the capacity to fully enjoy one’s life, scarring, disability, disfigurement, embarrassment, inconvenience, past and future medical expenses, lost wages and diminished earning capacity in the future. The experienced boat accident attorneys at the Boyers Law Group have a proven record of prosecuting these cases successfully and a history of maximizing these damages for their clients.

If you or someone you care about has suffered serious boating or watercraft injury, call the experienced trial lawyers at Boyers Law Group for a free consultation today. When you or your loved ones are injured due to the negligence of others, you need a true champion to advocate for you. You can reach Your Boyers Law Group Champions for the Injured at (800) 545-9100 or (305) 512-7600. You can also email us at info@BoyersLaw.com.

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