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Monday, March 23, 2015
Drinking and Boating Can Lead To Serious Injuries
the Florida coastline often go hand-in-hand. Many Florida residents and
visitors alike head out on the water with their families or friends to enjoy a
peaceful and fun day at sea. Unfortunately, not every boating experience is a
good one. At times, accidents may occur on the water that leave boaters
seriously injured or that even cause fatalities. One common reason for
dangerous boating accidents is drinking and driving.
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports1 that use of alcohol is involved in
an estimated 20 percent of boating deaths—all of which would likely have been
preventable. There is no excuse for boat accidents caused by drunk drivers and
anyone who is injured or lost a loved one should contact a motor vehicle
accident attorney as soon as possible.
acceptance of drinking and driving a boat
every adult understands that drinking and driving a car or other motor vehicle
on dry land is dangerous and prohibited by law. Drinking and driving a car is
furthermore generally frowned upon by friends or others who may try to stop
someone from drunk driving. For some reason, the same attitude toward drunk
driving does not necessarily apply to boating. In fact, drinking alcohol and
boating are often directly associated with one another.
is usually nothing wrong with adults having a drink while they enjoy the water,
the person driving the boat should always remain sober. This does not always
occur, however. Additionally, when a group of people is on a boat, they often
take turns at the wheel, especially if people are engaging in water sports or
otherwise getting into the water. This increases the chance that an impaired
driver may end up operating the boat at some point during the outing.
of DUI boat accidents
Boat accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, and the risks only increase when
a driver has been drinking. Some common causes include:
driver of the boat fails to observe right of way or other rules of the water
and collides with another boat.
driver of another boat fails to observe rules of the water and collides with the
boat on which you are riding.
driver takes a turn too sharply or quickly and you get thrown from the boat.
driver fails to observe people in the water and collides with them.
drivers may be relatively inexperienced and drinking while boating only
increases the chances that they will make a dangerous error and cause injury or
death from DUI boating accidents
the high risk for drowning, boating accidents often cause tragic fatalities. Reports indicate2 that 58 people died in Florida alone
from boating accidents in 2013. If you have a loved one who died in a boating
accident caused by a drunk driver, Florida's Wrongful Death Act3 allows you to file a claim to
recover for your loss. While no amount of money will ever bring your loved one
back, financial compensation from the responsible person can provide assistance
with unexpected costs, loss of financial support, and can give surviving
families a sense of closure and justice for their loss.
an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer for a free consultation
If you or a
loved one has been involved in a boating or other water accident due to a
driver who had been drinking, you should not delay in discussing a potential
case with an experienced accident attorney as soon as possible. Boat accidents
can have complex legal issues that may differ from other types of motor vehicle
accidents. However, the skilled attorneys at the Dolman Law Group in
Clearwater, Florida understand how to handle this type of case and all of the
potential complications that may arise.
should be a fun activity for everyone and anyone who causes injury due to drunk
driving of a boat should be held liable. Call our office today at 727-451-6900
to schedule a free consultation.
Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900