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Boating Accidents and Injuries

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Floridians love water culture, and on any given day, you can find thousands of people on some type of watercraft. While the waterways have always been crowded on weekends, a hot summer and growing population have made the 2023 season especially busy – and the potential for accidents has risen dramatically. If you are new to the area or have lived here for years, routinely reviewing boating safety is a great idea.  Boating accidents are a common occurrence in the Sarasota area and up and down the Gulf Coast. Inexperienced boat operators may think there is plenty of room out on the water, but many mistakes people make can cause serious accidents. In general, anything considered dangerous in a car is just as bad (or worse) in a boat.

Distracted boating: Those piloting the boat must remember that they are big, powerful vehicles. It is vital to be aware, mindful and minimize distractions. Boaters need to pay attention to other boats, kayakers, jetskiers, swimmers, and any rocks or buoys that can significantly damage the boat. All boating accidents have the potential to injure or kill someone.

Operator mistakes: Many errors made while operating a boat can easily lead to accidents. Some common mistakes include getting lost after sunset, piloting the boat at dangerous speeds, or errors in navigation. When anchoring the boat to allow your passengers to swim, be sure to turn off the propeller to prevent severe injury. Boaters also need to pay attention to what is in the water all around them – not only in front of the boat but behind the craft as well. Remember, if people are in the water, they may be hard to spot.

Boating under the influence: The hot weather inspires people to seek fun and relaxation, and days with friends often include parties. DUI (driving under the influence) is a common problem on the roadways, but research has proven that drunk driving is just as much of a problem with boaters. Alcohol is involved in a significant number of annual boating accidents and drownings. Because accidents on the water are often deadly, the hazards involved with having any drinks at all should not be ignored.

Inexperience with boating: Those who are new to piloting a boat should never go out onto the water unless an experienced boater accompanies them. Inexperienced operators may not realize just how easily they can get lost or drift off course if a sudden storm comes up. Wakes from other boats and debris in the water are often misjudged as to the peril they represent. Most importantly, new boaters may leave the dock without all required safety gear, such as flares, a first aid kit, enough personal flotation devices for every passenger on board and other emergency supplies.

Equipment failure: Just like any vehicle, boats require routine maintenance to avoid engine failure or malfunction of the propeller. Both of these situations can cause boating accidents that result in severe injury or death.

Common Injuries Associated with Boating Accidents

There are many variables that could potentially be involved in a boating accident. Common injuries may include:

  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Pulled muscles and torn ligaments
  • Broken bones, severed limbs or amputations
  • TBIs – Traumatic brain injuries (head blows/lack of oxygen to the brain during drowning)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

While every situation is different, boating accidents and injuries may happen to even the safest operator. Contact a personal injury attorney if you have been injured in a boating accident due to another boater’s negligence. You may be entitled to compensation.

Hale Law represents victims of accidents no matter where they occur – on the road or in the water – in Sarasota, other parts of Southwest Florida, and beyond. Call today to discuss your case and discover your options.

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