Articles Tagged with “Boating Accident Attorney”

Florida Boat Accident Attorney.jpgThere were more boating accidents in Florida last year than any other state. A part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s mission is to reduce the number of boating accidents in the state. To this end, the FWC is committed to educate and provide resources to help Florida boaters stay safe and reduce boating accidents. The FWC offers the following tips to prevent a life threatening boating accident.

Pay attention: Most boating accidents occur because the operator is not paying attention. Focus on what is happening around the whole boat.

Wear a life jacket: It doesn’t matter if you are a good swimmer. A boating accident that throws you in the water can injure you and render you unconscious. Wearing life jackets saves lives. In fact, most drowning victim where described as “good swimmers”.

Columbus Day Regatta.jpgThere is a well known South Florida regatta that takes place each year on Columbus Day Weekend in Biscayne Bay off Miami, Florida. Many “spectators” do not come so much to watch the race but, to party. In fact, the party that takes place along side the regatta (but is in no way sponsored or affiliated with the regatta) is often described as a “floating Mardi Gras”. Drinking and boating, however, don’t mix; and, there are many accidents including deaths surrounding the partying that co-insides with the regatta in years past. The below explains Florida’s Boating Under the Influence Statute as well as the criminal and civil ramifications of drinking and boating.

Criminal Penalties for Boating Under the Influence

Boating under the influence is taken seriously in Florida. A blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood is considered boating under the influence. That is roughly 3-4 drinks per hour for the average male adult. Penalties for boating under the influence are: