With more than 1,350 miles of coastline and 11,000 miles of other waterways, Florida is one of the most wonderful states in the country for people who enjoy water sports, especially boating and jet skiing. Unfortunately, not all boaters act responsibly, leading to very serious injuries and wrongful death.
If you or someone important to you was injured in a negligence-related boat or Jet Ski accident, turn to Avera & Smith. Our Gainesville boat accident lawyers have a wealth of experience in dealing with insurance companies and can help get you the compensation you deserve. Plus, our law firm includes a Board-Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law*, so you can count on excellent legal advice and representation.
What Causes So Many Florida Boating Accidents?
Boaters have the legal duty to act responsibly and take precautions to protect swimmers and snorkelers in the area, Jet Ski riders nearby and passengers in their own boats and other boats. Some of the leading causes of boating accidents include:
- Careless or reckless behavior on the water
- Alcohol or drug use
- Inattention or failure to maintain a lookout
- Bad weather
- Defective equipment