Florida draws people who love to fish, boat for recreation, ski, tube and more. While this is a popular hobby for fun and relaxation, it can also be dangerous and result in serious or sometimes fatal accidents. As Florida natives, the boat accident attorneys at Roman & Gaynor know the dangers of boating and can advocate for the rights of the injured.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a preventable boating accident, contact our firm to discuss your legal rights during a free, no-obligation consultation.
Boating Under the Influence Injuries & Accidents
It is against the law for a person to drive any vehicle, whether an automobile or watercraft, under the influence of alcohol (at or above .08 percent for those over 21 and .02 percent for those under the legal drinking age). Not only is boating under the influence a crime, violators can face civil actions from victims and their families.
If you or a family member were injured or killed by boat driver that was intoxicated, our skilled team of personal injury lawyers in Clearwater can bring the negligent individual to justice and pursue the financial compensation you deserve!
Florida Boating & Personal Watercraft Laws
Boating in Florida is in large part regulated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC has regulations regarding boat registration, accidents, careless operation of vessels and much more. When boaters do not heed Florida boating regulations, serious accidents can occur and victims are entitled to seek a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.
Is it Illegal to Leave a Boating Accident Scene?
In the event that a vessel is involved in a serious accident that results in injury to another person that is more serious than can be remediated with simple first aid, the boat’s operator must call either the FWC, police or the local sheriff.
Just as it is illegal for a driver involved in an accident to flee the scene, it is illegal for a boater to leave the scene of an accident involving injury or excessive property damage.
Is Reckless Boating Illegal?
Boating that is determined to be reckless or careless can be charged as an infraction or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances. Reckless or careless operation is defined as boating that does not take into consideration the safety of others or actions that willfully disregard the safety of others.
What is the Maximum Capacity for Boats?
Rather than being dictated by Florida statute, the weight capacity is dictated per vessel by the manufacturer. It is not only against the law to overload a boat with people, but it is extremely dangerous.
What are Florida Boating Regulations?
These regulations include equipping people in tow with flotation devices, hours for legal boat operation (illegal once sun goes down), wake zones, and age restrictions. If you would like to learn more about Florida boating regulations, visit the FWC’s website.
Representing Residents & Tourists. Call for a Free Consultation!
Whether you are a resident of Florida or were visiting when you were injured in your boat or personal watercraft accident, a Clearwater boating accident attorney at Roman & Gaynor can help you.
If you suffered a serious injury while out on the water either because of a boater’s negligence or a defect with your watercraft, our firm can fight for your right to financial compensation.
Call (727) 877-1212 today to discuss your boat accident case in a free initial case evaluation.