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WHY ARE THERE SO MANY BOATING ACCIDENTS IN FLORIDA?

1. Because of the prolific number of boats in Florida. 2. Because of the lack of training required by Florida. 3. Because of the violations of safe boating laws. 

1. Florida has more registered boats than any other state, including California or Texas. Almost 1million boats are registered in the State of Florida, and that does not include the transient boats which come to Florida during season. 2. If a vessel operator is born before January 1, 1988, no license, no test, and no certification is required for the person to get behind the wheel of a 28-foot triple-engine power boat. (Like the one in the picture above.) If they can afford it, they can drive it. In what other context is that allowed? Certainly an automobile cannot be operated without a license and a test, including in Florida. 

3. The third reason Florida has so many boating crashes and boat injuries is because of the high number of boating safety violations. For 2019—the last year data is available from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (known as “FWC”)– 4,825 Citations were written to boaters for “Safety Violations and Regulations”. FWC also issued 617 citations for boating under the influence (the equivalent of a DUI) in 2019. 

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Here at 888-BOAT-LAW, every person we talk to in the industry, including FWC officers, including BOAT-US operators, marine surveyors, and boat sales representatives, tell us the same thing. Boat sales in 2020 exploded and so did the number of boats on the water. As boat crash and accident attorneys for the past 25 years we are in a unique position to know the boating accident field—both on the water and in the courtroom. We’ve handled hundreds of boating crash and cruise ship cases in 25 years of experience. Not just one or two like some law firms who advertise for “Boating” injury cases to try to get your boating injury case. 

If you or your family are the victims of a boating crash case, give us a call for expert representation. Don’t leave this to chance. Go with the experts in this field. 

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03. 2021

Boat Crashes In Florida

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY BOATING ACCIDENTS IN FLORIDA? 1. Because of the prolific number of boats in Florida. 2. Because of the lack of training required by Florida. 3. Because of the violations of safe boating laws.  1. Florida has more registered boats than any other state, including California or Texas. Almost 1million boats Read More >
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03. 2021

BOAT-INSURANCE-DENIALS

BOATING INSURANCE DENIALS IN FLORIDA Boating insurance denials happen for several reasons. But, at the heart of them all is the same thing: Your insurance company does not want to pay your claim. If your boating insurance company has denied your claim in Florida, you may be in luck. We fight boating insurance denials. If Read More >
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03. 2021

PEER-TO-PEER BOATING INJURIES

PEER-TO-PEER BOATING INJURIES IN FLORIDA Who is responsible for boating injuries when the vessel is a peer-to-peer boat rental or part of a boat-sharing agreement? In Florida, it depends upon where the injuries occurred, and in turn whether maritime law applies. Find yourself a good maritime attorney because most of these cases will involve maritime Read More >
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03. 2021

DO YOU NEED A LICENSE TO DRIVE A BOAT IN FLORIDA?

DO I NEED A LICENSE TO DRIVE A BOAT IN FLORIDA? No, but if you were born on or before January 1, 1988, you will need to complete and pass a boating safety course. Only recently did the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission—also known as “FWC”–broadcast this message in preparation for Spring Break 2021. Read More >
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03. 2021

Spring Break Injury Letter To Out Of State Residents

SPRING‌ ‌BREAK‌ ‌ACCIDENTS‌ ‌IN‌ ‌FLORIDA‌ ‌2021 Understandably, personal injury accidents occur with greater frequency in Florida during Spring Break. As a 25-year Florida law firm the most common Spring Break accidents we see are:  Auto accidents,  Pedestrian/Bicycle accidents,  Boating and Cruiseship injuries,  Guest (hotel/AirBnB/VRBO) accidents.  All of these activities cause a documented spike in injuries Read More >
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03. 2021

$253,000 Salvage Verdict

ANNOUNCEMENT: $253,000 SALVAGE VERDICT! Big News. This week on March 2, 2021, we obtained a verdict of $253,000.00 in a marine salvage case. This was not a settlement. It was a verdict issued by a federal court judge in the Southern District of Florida, and the case is known as Girard v. M/V Blacksheep.  This Read More >
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01. 2021

Florida Fishing License

HOW MANY FISHING LICENSES ARE ISSUED IN FLORIDA? There are almost 2 million fishing licenses issued to residents and visitors as of the end of the year 2020. This is according to the Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission (“FWC”). Persons under the age of 16 or over the age of 65 do not need Read More >
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12. 2020

This Is Us

Yes, this is us.  We are the law firm doing the boating crash injury cases. We are the ones regularly filing suit against the cruise lines for our injured cruise ship passengers. We are not the part-timers who only handle a boating case every few years. We are not the dog-bite attorneys. We are the Read More >
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12. 2020

WHAT IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR A CRUISE SHIP INJURY CASE

WHAT IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR A CRUISE SHIP INJURY CASE For most passenger injury cases it is one year. For the three major cruise lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian it is a one-year statute of limitations. This can vary based upon the ticket (i.e., the contract between the passenger and Read More >
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11. 2020

How Many Boats Are In Florida?

How Many Vessels Are There In Florida? There are 961,266 registered boats in the State of Florida for the year 2019. These are the last numbers released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (“FWC”). The FWC reports numbers for the previous year.  For the year of 2018 it was 950,740 vessels. For 2017 Read More >