Boating, water sports, pools and water parks are a source of summer fun for the whole family. Unfortunately, they can also be dangerous: the Centers for Disease Control reports that drowning is the second leading cause of injury death for children aged one to fourteen years.
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Liability for most boating accidents is based in negligence – the same as with liability for car accidents on land. To prevail on a claim for negligence, the plaintiff must show that the boat operator failed to operate the boat in a reasonably safe manner and that this failure caused an injury to the plaintiff.
Based on the above statistics, personal injury attorneys in Florida see a lot more boating accidents than one might think. Taking into account all of Florida’s water and sunshine, it’s really no surprise.
As the summer continues and people of the Greater Rio Grande Valley are on vacation, there will be more and more water vessels on the bay. It’s imperative that the owners and operators of these vehicles understand and obey the laws of the waterway.
According to annual statistics collected by the United States Coast Guard, more than 500 Americans will be in a fatal boating accident each year and thousands more will suffer injuries ranging from slight to severe.