Category Archives: Boating Accidents

Boating accidents can be caused by negligent boat manufacturers, lack of safety procedures and careless boat operators at fault for drunk boating.

Are Criminal Charges Needed In Order To Sue?

A year after a deadly boat accident, the state attorney’s office has finally decided that the boat driver will not be criminally charged, but the family of the victim is still pursuing their lawsuit against him. This situation leaves many wondering: are criminal charges needed in order to sue someone for negligence or a wrongful death? What Happened? Back in May of 2014, a boat party was stranded on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay when the tide washed out. Several of the partygoers immediately jumped out to help dislodge the boat, but one of those Good Samaritans was killed by the boat’s spinning propellers. That young man’s family has filed a negligence case against the boat driver, who authorities have refused to criminally charge. The boat driver, a famous South Florida DJ, was hosting a party sponsored by a vodka company when tragedy struck, and the victim’s family claims that…
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Do Hit-and-Run Laws Apply to Boaters?

When a driver or boat operator flees the scene of an accident he or she caused, it is often the latest in a string of selfish decisions that led to the incident in the first place. In many cases, drivers and operators leave accident scenes because they: Were drinking and driving; Lack the proper insurance coverage; Were guilty of distracted driving, such as texting and driving; Are facing other criminal charges; Were driving with an expired license. Whatever the reason, when boaters and drivers flee the scene of accidents, they often leave victims who need their help in their wake. In the moments immediately following a wreck, every second counts, meaning just sticking around to call 911 can sometimes save a victim from suffering a lifelong injury or losing his or her life. Recently, a Miami boat fled the scene of an accident, leaving in its wake a damaged vessel…
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How Safe Am I in My Friend’s Boat?

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released its Boating Accident Statistical Report for the year to date. The report shows that 62 people lost their lives in boating accidents in 2013, and there have already been 11 fatalities on the water this year. While it is encouraging to learn that the number of boating deaths has dropped, it is still vitally important that we all remember to act safely on the water, which will help keep those numbers down. The most prevalent type of accident on the water is simply boats colliding with other boats. This is followed closely by boaters crashing into objects. Representatives point out that boat drivers and passengers can minimize risks by simply staying aware of their surroundings. Commission spokesman Lt. Seth Wagner declares that many accidents “can be prevented by more careful operation,” going on to say, “It is critical for operators to maintain a…
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