Florida is one of the top states when it comes to recreational boating. The state boasts numerous lakes, rivers, and coastal areas that are popular with boaters, both commercial and recreational. One key indicator in boating safety is the fatality rate, which is usually reported by individual states to the U.S. Coast Guard. In 2016,… Read More
There is plenty of room on the water in Florida, despite the popularity of boating. This means that boating accidents are usually the result of bad drivers, broken safety rules, or faulty equipment. The results often lead to drowning.
The stories on this page talk about local incidents of boating accidents. All sources for these stories are cited in the article. We share these stories to educate the public about what can go wrong while your boating so you can take steps to avoid an accident.
Most boaters do not require a license to drive one. However, there are safe boating rules that all drivers should know so they can operate safely with other boats, especially in crowded waterways. These do not take much time to learn for recreational boating.
You should also learn how to control your watercraft’s speed and direction just like you would a car. There are no brakes on a boat, only a removal of thrust. Know how long it takes for your boat to slow down and the safe turn radius of your boat.
Safe boating also needs safety equipment like personal flotation devices. Wear these at all times on the water. They save lives just like bicycle helmets do. They may be bulky but they work. Flags are also a good idea to notify other boaters of swimmers and divers, as well as to signal when you might need a tow back to shore for a repair.
If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, call Chalik Law to talk about your situation. We may be able to get you compensation if another boater hit you.
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In 2014, Florida boating regulations changed their requirements for how divers notify vessels they are in an area. The legislation was passed as a means of increasing diver visibility. The previous law required only a “divers down flag” and divers had to stay within a certain range of the flags. Now, divers who are diving… Read More
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Florida is geographically located so that it separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic Ocean. This makes Florida a particularly popular haven for those who enjoy boating. Florida ranks behind Michigan and California in terms of the number of boats registered in the state. When it comes to boating rules, some are similar to… Read More
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In Florida, boating accidents are treated much like car accidents. After a boating accident, the operator of the vessel must stop his vessel immediately, unless it would put the vessel, operator, or passengers in danger. They must also render aid to those who might be injured. They must also exchange information with the owner of… Read More
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Boating is a fun way that many Floridians and tourists spend recreational time doing. From fishing to pleasure boating, it’s a popular past time, but it can also be very dangerous. In 2017, Florida had a total of 766 boating accidents, 52 more accidents than 2016. 261 of these accidents involved collisions where inattention by… Read More