Vero Beach Boat Accident Lawyer
Not surprisingly, more personal marine vessels are registered in Florida than any other state in the nation, and Florida’s Treasure Coast, with its numerous rivers, bays and lagoons stretching for miles alongside the Atlantic Ocean, make the area extremely popular with boaters. Unfortunately, this activity translates to hundreds of accidents every year resulting in injuries and fatalities at far greater rates than car crashes on Florida roads. Just as with car accidents, negligent boat operators can be held liable for the damages they have caused by their negligence. If you have been hurt by someone else’s negligence or recklessness on the water from Sebastian down to Jupiter, the Vero Beach boat accident lawyers at Vocelle & Berg in Vero Beach can help you recover the compensation you need to deal with those injuries and move on with your life.
Florida Boating Accident Facts
The most common type of boating accident is a collision with another boat, although boats often collide with buoys, platforms or other objects in the water as well, including swimmers and water skiers. Other accidents occur due to boats capsizing, persons falling overboard, passengers struck by an anchor or other moving object not properly stowed or secured, and even fuel fires and explosions.
Most often boating accidents are attributable to negligence on the part of the owner or operator of the boat, committing dangerous errors such as speeding, reckless driving, distracted driving and drunk driving. Other common boat accident causes include:
- A negligent or reckless passenger on the boat
- Another boat, jet ski or other personal watercraft being negligently operated in the vicinity
- Boat is rented out by a company without necessary safety equipment
- Rental company is negligent regarding maintenance of the boat
- Boat is rented to an obviously intoxicated person
- Boat is rented to someone who is obviously inexperienced in boat operation
- Boat was designed or constructed in a faulty or dangerous manner
- Boat contains mechanical defect due to negligent repair
Motorboats are constructed with power and speed capabilities comparable to vehicles driving on city streets. Yet you don’t need a license to drive a boat in Florida. There is no written test or driving test; there is not even a minimum age required to operate a boat in Florida! The only rule is that if you were born in or after 1988, you are required to take a boater safety course before you may operate a boat in Florida waters. This safety course, however, does not actually take place on a boat but may be completed online, by mail or in a classroom. All of this adds up to the fact that there are many inexperienced, untrained or irresponsible people on the waters, who may be liable to you for injuries they cause through negligent boat operation.
Contact the Civil Trial Specialists at Vocelle & Berg after a Treasure Coast Boat Accident
If you have been hurt in a Florida boating accident in Vero Beach or neighboring areas on the Treasure Coast such as Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Okeechobee or Melbourne, contact our Vero Beach boating accident lawyers at Vocelle & Berg for a free consultation regarding your potential claims.