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Florida Boating Accidents FAQs

Experienced attorneys guiding you on watercraft laws

Fort Myers personal injury law firm Viles & Beckman, LLC was established in 1995 to aggressively pursue justice for injured clients. Read our responses to frequently asked questions and then contact our lawyers to get the help you need.

What laws govern boating accidents?

If you were injured on a Florida lake, the Inland Waterway or coastal waters, your accident is likely governed by Florida laws. However, if your accident occurred in deeper ocean waters, your accident may be subject to federal laws. Our lawyers at Viles & Beckman, LLC are knowledgeable about the relevant maritime and boating laws and can advise you on how they affect your case.

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Do DUI laws apply to me while boating?

Florida has strict statutes against boating under the influence (BUI) that are similar to DUI laws. In Florida, boaters who register a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher are presumed to be under the influence.

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Who is liable for my boating accident injuries?

Multiple parties may be held liable for your injuries, including:

  • The driver of the boat on which you were a guest
  • The driver of a boat who collided with you
  • The boat manufacturer
  • The manufacturers of flotation devises and other safety equipment
  • The owner of a dock or other obstruction in the water

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If I signed a waiver with the rental company, can I still sue them for the equipment failure that contributed to the accident?

You may still have a cause of action against the rental company regardless of the signed waiver. It is a good idea to let a qualified lawyer review the document and the circumstances surrounding your injuries to determine whether you can sue the livery.

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If the boater who ran over me is a tourist from another state, what do I do?

Contact a Florida attorney to discuss your options for holding the boater — and possibly other parties — accountable for their actions.

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How much will a boating accident lawsuit cost me?

Viles & Beckman, LLC handles all personal injury cases on contingency and will not charge you attorneys’ fees until we have successfully won you compensation through a settlement or trial.

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How can I learn more about my rights after a boating accident?

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Viles & Beckman, LLC. We conduct a thorough review of your case and explain all of your options and potential outcomes. Call us today at 877.709.0633 or contact us online to learn more about your rights.

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