3 Common Causes of Boating Accidents

Taking a boat out on the water is the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful summer day. Boating is one of the main ways that Floridians relax, explore, and beat the heat. With the open ocean nearby and plenty of lakes and bays, Florida is an ideal location for boating. The people of Florida will take their boats out on the water for fishing, water sports, or even just to pass the time and enjoy the great weather. Unfortunately, boating accidents are common and often leave people with serious, life-threatening injuries. These accidents can occur for a multitude of reasons, but some of the most common causes include:

Driver Inexperience

It is always important for the person operating a boat to be familiar with the vehicle, as well as the laws regarding navigation on the water. Unfortunately, many people who are not sufficiently educated or trained often get behind the wheel of a boat, not realizing the potential dangers they are creating. When an individual is unaware of the rules of boating, they run the risk of causing a serious accident. Sadly, many responsible and experienced boaters are injured every year due to the actions of an inexperienced person operating a boat.


Boats are often seen as the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks. While it is perfectly legal for passengers on a boat to consume alcohol, this is not the case for drivers. If a boater’s BAC is over the legal limit of .08, their motor skills are likely to be impaired so their judgement may be clouded. Alcohol use is the leading cause of fatalities in boating accidents. If you have been injured in a boating accident due to another driver’s intoxication, it is likely you are in the position to fight for compensation.

Reckless Driving

Many people feel invincible when they are boating out on the open ocean. This feeling often leads to speeding and risky maneuvers. Much like in a car, when boats are travelling at an excessive speed, the results in an accident are often devastating. Unfortunately, even the safest drivers can be injured when another boater acts recklessly.

Contact a Boating Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a boating accident due to another driver’s inexperience, intoxication, or general recklessness, the lawyers at Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. understand your frustration. Our attorneys are here to help you and will do everything in their power to hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries accountable in court. Our legal team will guide you through the process of fighting for compensation, all while protecting and defending your rights. To speak with an experienced boating accident attorney, contact our offices today by calling 561.689.8180.

Last Updated : December 7, 2023

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