Florida Boating Accident Attorney

Recreational boating may seem less risky than driving a car, but there are many ways in which a boat outing can result in a serious accident that can cause severe injury – or even death. Fortunately for boaters, many accidents involving boats are preventable through proper boating procedure. Not only can boating accidents lead to costly boat repairs and higher insurance premiums but also serious bodily injury that can lead to death. In 2012, the United States Coast Guard published a collection of statistics regarding recreational boating, which included an outline of the most common causes of boating accidents, such as:

Operator Inexperience

Many states do not require any sort of education or certification to operate a boat, which leads to many inexperienced operators on the water. Though a boating course will not prevent 100 percent of boating accidents, but it certainly helps reduce the rate of boating accidents that occur. Boating courses may also offer another incentive for recreational boaters: lowered boat insurance premiums! Many boat insurance companies are much more comfortable with boaters who have completed a safety course and therefore consider them to be less of a financial risk for the company.

Operator Negligence

Considered the leading cause of boating accidents, operator negligence caused almost 600 accidents in 2012 alone. The primary need for a Florida boating accident attorney is caused by inattentive boat operators. Many boaters consider recreational boating to be safer than driving a car due to the lack of heavy traffic and constricted pathways found on the road; however, boats do not have brakes like cars. Water conditions, such as choppiness, and an overall slower reaction time can also lead to an accident. Maintaining good situational awareness can help lessen your risk of an accident as many boating accidents are due to colliding with an obstacle, another watercraft, or other object, which can lead to serious damage.


As with driving a car, speeding in a boat can lead to a serious accident. The wide, open space offered by many boating areas can make boaters believe they have more room for risk, but excessive speeding (especially when combined with operator inattentiveness) can gravely injure you or your passengers due to the high speeds of some watercraft. An individual colliding with the open water’s surface tension can also render him or her unable to safely swim to shore. Though speeding may seem less dangerous on a boat, it only takes a fraction of a second for an accident to occur.

Mechanical Failure

There’s a popular saying that states the two best days in the life of a boat owner are the day you buy the boat and the day you sell it. This saying originates from the fact that boat ownership involves quite a bit of maintenance to keep your boat in tip-top shape. This maintenance can become tedious, which can lead a boat operator to skip regular maintenance, which greatly helps to prevent the need for more expensive repairs and, more importantly, boating accidents that can lead to severe injury or even death. Though boat inspection and upkeep can be costly and time-consuming, it’s in your best interest as well as your passengers to ensure that your boat stays in optimal condition to lower the risk of an accident occurring. In some cases, boat failure may be caused by improper assembly by the boat manufacturer. In this case, a Florida boating accident attorney is even more helpful. Most boat accidents caused by mechanical failure are due to a lack of maintenance however; mechanical failure due to manufacturer error is the much less common.

Hopefully you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a Florida boating accident attorney, but in the event that you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.

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