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Common Causes of Boating and Yachting Accidents and Injuries

Our Miami boating and yachting accident attorneys at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., are boating safety advocates. We are interested in not only representing those who have been harmed at sea, but also advocating for awareness and legislation to help prevent harm to those who enjoy the waterways, which includes reducing the common causes of boating and yachting accidents and injuries. In fact, our leading boat accident attorney Brett Rivkind shared his decades of experience handling maritime cases with the United States Congress as an invited speaker to help develop and pass legislation to better protect the public from being a victim of a maritime incident.

Florida waterways continue to be one of the most dangerous waterways for boaters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issues an annual report detailing the statistics of boating accidents in Florida that are reported and gathered by the commission. There was an increase in the number of recreational boating accidents in 2015 from the previous year with a total of 685 boating accidents. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission annual report again emphasizes that boating safety is a concern on the Florida waterways. The waterways must be policed well to enforce safety rules and regulations, and operators of boats must proceed with caution which includes not boating under the influence. Our boating accident lawyers at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., have been involved in promoting the BUI awareness day, which entailed bringing awareness to the dangers of boating under the influence.

During the 30 years our Miami boating and water sport lawyer Brett Rivkind has been exclusively practicing maritime law, he has seen a variety of different watercraft accidents. Some common causes of boating and yachting accidents and injures he has seen include, but are not limited to:

  • Boating at night
  • Drinking while boating
  • Collisions with a fixed object
  • Speeding
  • Navigating a boat in rough weather
  • Inexperienced boat operators
  • Failing to keep a look out 
  • Inattention, including when someone is water skiing or tubing off of your boat
  • Defective boat construction or design
  • Sharp turns
  • Machinery failure
  • Carless and reckless driving
  • Boat overloading
  • Drug use
  • ...and more

Based on Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s annual report, some of the common causes of boating and yachting accidents we listed above, including collisions with a fixed object and alcohol, were some of the contributing factors in Florida boating fatalities this year. Changes clearly need to be made, not only from the boaters but also from those regulating and enforcing the rules on the water.

If you have been injured or harmed at sea due to a boating accident, you should contact an experienced maritime lawyer. A boating accident that occurs on navigable waterways is governed by federal maritime law and you will need to know what laws exist under this law to pursue a claim arising out of a boating accident.

Our firm continues to act as safety advocates for those injured or harmed while boating representing those seeking justice against negligent boat operators. This includes those boat operators you were employed by, the boat and yacht owners you were guests of, the charter yacht company you were a passenger on, the rental company you rented your jet skis and personal watercraft equipment for the day from and many more. To reach our attorneys you can call us toll free 866-621-2142 or fill out an online form for a free evaluation by one our boating accident attorneys.

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