Florida has both the greatest number of registered boats and the greatest number of boating accidents in the United States. This large number of vessels means increased boating traffic, inexperienced boat operators, and conditions which make local boating accidents a common occurrence.
More Boaters Mean More Boating Accidents
For example, when a boat collides with another boat, personal watercraft, water skier, swimmer, or person riding an inner tube, serious—even fatal—injuries can occur. Boaters are required to exercise care and caution to prevent accidents on the water. Unfortunately, many severe boating accidents in Southwest Florida are due to the careless behavior of a boater.
The Sunshine State, with its beautiful weather, is home to more than 11,000 miles of coastline, rivers, lakes, and waterways. It is no wonder that boating, fishing, water skiing, tubing, and operating personal watercraft are year-round activities for residents and visitors alike. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lee County and Collier County are consistently among the top 10 counties in Florida for boating accidents every year, recently coming in at number 8.
Common Causes of a Southwest Florida Boat Accident
A boat accident can cause catastrophic injuries, and almost all of such boating errors are preventable through common sense planning, operation, and knowledge of local waterways. Many boat operators are not experienced on the water, and this lack of knowledge and skill cause serious vessel accidents.
Whether a boat collides with another boat, an inner tube carrying riders, a water skier, a swimmer, or a stationery object such as a dock, the consequences can often be severe injuries, including broken bones, brain injury, spinal cord injury, limb amputations, or even death.
Boaters are responsible for operating their vessels in a safe manner to prevent injuries to others who are enjoying Florida waterways. This includes boat passengers, other watercraft, swimmers, water skiers, and those riding on inner tubes. The following are the top factors that can contribute to a boating accident:
- Careless operation
- Navigating a boat too close to shore where swimmers are present
- Negligent navigation
- Improper maintenance
- Operating an unseaworthy vessel
- Failure to equip passengers with proper life jackets
- Boat operator inexperience
- Boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Excessive speed
- Overloading the vessel
- Failure to follow Florida boating laws
Experienced Attorney David Harris May Be Able to Help You Recover Compensation for Your Injuries
If you were seriously hurt in a boating accident in Lee County, Collier County, Hendry County, or Charlotte County, seek legal advice you can trust. Experienced in accident injury claims and focused on clients, accident lawyer David Harris of Harris Law is driven and determined to help those who have been injured due to the careless actions of another.
Since 1995, David has believed in open communication with his clients, keeping them involved them in every step of the legal process and remaining accessible by phone, text, or email to answer questions and provide updates. This is why, after all, he started his own law firm. If David takes your case, you can be confident that he will work tirelessly on your behalf. Call or use the contact form here on the website to start a no-obligation consultation with David.