You Cannot Beat Boating in Florida, But If You Are Injured, Learn Your Rights


Boating is one of Florida’s biggest recreational pastimes, which means plenty of potential for accidents. Compounding the risk is the fact that many inexperienced people are operating boats, putting other people in danger. If you have been injured in a boating accident, it’s important to speak to a boat accident or personal injury attorney because you do have rights under the law.

In situations where another person is at fault for your injuries, you may be able to claim compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering and/or property damage.

Types Of Boating Accident Claims

There are several ways in which you can be injured while boating. Our personal injury attorney handles the following types of boating accident claims:

  • Negligence. A boat operator may be negligent in many ways. He or she may move at too high a speed, operate the boat in bad weather, have too many people on the boat, fail to stock the boat with appropriate safety gear, or hit other boats or objects in the water.
  • Boating Under The Influence. Much like drunk driving, it is illegal to operate a boat while intoxicated under Florida law. Anyone suspected of boating while intoxicated will be asked to submit to a sobriety test and failure to submit can result in loss of boating privileges.
  • Reckless And Careless Operation. Operating a vessel with “willful disregard for the safety of persons or property” is may be classified as reckless and careless operation which is a first-degree criminal misdemeanor in Florida.
  • On-The-Job Injuries. If working on a boat is part of your job and you are injured while performing your job duties, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation.

Quick Action After An Accident Is A Must

If you have been hurt in a boating accident, contact The Fighter Law Firm right away. Like many types of personal injury cases, Florida boating accidents are subject to a statute of limitations. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you what that statute of limitations is without knowing the details of your case and where the incident occurred. There are so many different bodies of water in Florida and they fall under federal, state, and local maritime jurisdictions. Statutes of limitations range from 6 months to 4 years, depending on where and how the accident occurred.

That’s why early contact with Fighter Law is essential. Early consultation will ensure you file your claim within the legal time limit and that your personal injury attorney has early access to evidence.

We value customer service and explain our process during your consultation. No high-pressure sales tactics from our law firm, what you see is what you get. Call us at 407-344-4837 to set up your free consultation with an attorney – not a caseworker. Our office is conveniently located in Orlando.

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