Boating Dangers

Boating is a popular recreational activity enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Whether it’s a leisurely cruise, fishing expedition, or water sports adventure, the open waters offer a unique and enjoyable experience. As a longtime Miami, FL resident, boating has been a weekend go-to for me and my friends for as long as I have lived here. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that boat registrations had surpassed 1 million in Florida alone. Boating, however common, can be extremely dangerous depending on a variety of factors; accidents happen unexpectedly, causing serious injuries, fatalities, and tremendous property damage.

Some of the most common causes of boating accidents include:

  • Operator Negligence: In many cases, accidents occur due to operator error, such as inattentiveness, speeding, or operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Weather Conditions: Adverse weather conditions, such as storms, high winds, and fog, can contribute to accidents, making navigation challenging. Sudden shifts in the weather, which are as unpredictable as they are common in Florida, can make the seas erratic and very dangerous. 
  • Equipment Failures: Mechanical failures, such as engine problems or steering issues, can lead to accidents if not promptly addressed.
  • Collisions: Collisions with other vessels, stationary objects, or underwater hazards are common accidents on the water. Boats are required in Florida to maintain a safe distance from one another, however this can become challenging in narrow waterways and canals. 
  • Inexperienced Operators: Novice boaters may lack the skills and knowledge needed to safely navigate, increasing the risk of accidents. In Florida, for example, there is no minimum age required to operate a vessel. 

Boating Accident Injuries

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Department of Law Enforcement, there were 735 reported boating accidents with a total of 65 fatalities in 2022 alone. One of the primary ways people have died or been injured during boating accidents are falls overboard. When a boat is speeding quickly over choppy seas, hanging onto your seat can become increasingly difficult which is why many people around the world lose their lives due to reckless boat speeding. Water-related accidents can lead to drowning or near-drowning incidents as well, often with severe consequences. Collisions or falls on a boat can also cause severe head injuries, ranging from concussions to traumatic brain injuries. The force of impact during a boat collision, either with another boat, rock, bridge, or traffic object can cause fractures, dislocations, and even orthopedic injuries.


How We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, it’s crucial you seek legal representation from our experienced team of maritime personal injury attorneys. With our law offices based in Miami, FL for over 30 years, we have successfully represented numerous passengers who have suffered injuries in boating accidents. Boating accidents, like any other type of incident, are often the result of somebody’s recklessness or negligence, and it is our responsibility as attorneys to hold those people accountable to ensure the injured receive just compensation for their damages. We have the expertise to help you understand your rights and options.

Don’t let the consequences of a boating accident overwhelm you. At Aronfeld Trial Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping the injured seek justice and recover. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can begin working on your case immediately. We are here to fight for your rights and provide you with the legal support you need during this challenging time.