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The Three Most Common Causes Of Boating Accidents

One of the great things about living in Florida is that the geography of being surrounded by the ocean is combined with subtropical weather. This means that residents and visitors can take to the water in boats all year long and enjoy some quality time on the ocean, either traveling recreationally or even fishing.

However, with an abundance of boats in the water all year round, this also means a more significant potential for boating accidents and possible injuries. There are many causes for boating accidents in Florida waters, but there are the three most common.


Because boating is viewed primarily as a recreational activity and not usually done for labor/professional reasons, many people like to relax while boating. There are no laws against eating food or drinking beverages. However, as with driving a car on Florida’s roads and streets, there are laws for boating against taking to the water under the influence of alcohol.

Many people mistakenly believe that because boats don’t have to travel in lanes and behind each other, the chances of an accident are far less likely. This imparts a false sense of security that it’s okay to consume alcohol, but this can often lead to collisions and injuries.


No one can control the weather. While Florida often experiences mild, sunny days, that’s far from a guarantee for any given day or week, especially as seasons march on. Controlling any kind of watercraft is comparatively easy to do in the static environment of a calm, sunny day, with low winds and no big waves.

However, when the weather acts up, such as a sudden storm arriving, this can wreak havoc on boaters’ ability to safely and easily maneuver their watercraft. This can lead to collisions, boats overturned, and people in the water if the situation deteriorates.


However, the number one cause of boating accidents in Florida is, unsurprisingly, people lacking the skill the safely operate their vehicle. With warm, sunny days, and an ocean in view, it’s understandable that people would want to take to the water even without a lot of boating experience. And if people are with friends, having a good time, it’s also understandable that they may want to show off what a boat can do, even if they don’t have the skills required to perform certain maneuvers safely.

People boating beyond their current skill level—or simply not being aware that something is beyond their skill level—is a common cause of recreational boating accidents. Unfortunately, boating accidents can, even without any malicious intent, lead to severe injuries and sometimes even death if people lack the swimming skills to stay afloat or the weather conditions are extreme.

If someone else’s boating error has injured you, especially if it was related to alcohol consumption or boating beyond their skill level, you may be entitled to compensation. Talk to a personal injury lawyer experienced in Florida vehicular accidents, especially boating, and explain your situation. You can then find out what your next move should be and what legal options are available to you.

Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

The Three Most Common Causes Of Boating Accidents

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