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Boating Accidents


Gainesville Boating Accidents Attorney

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In addition to sunny weather, Florida is also known for its beautiful lakes and surrounding scenery. With more than 30,000 lakes in Florida, and nearly 8,000 of these lakes having a surface area greater than one acre, boating remains a popular recreational activity throughout the state. Unfortunately the calm and placid nature of lakes, in comparison to the ocean, can often give way to irresponsible boating, such as operating a boat while under the influence. Due to their sheer size and power, boats have the ability to cause immense destruction, not only to property, but to the persons involved in a boating accident. Gainesville Boating Accident attorneys, of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., represent the injured and family members of those injured or killed in an accident involving a boat.

In Florida, the operation of boat requires observance of Florida’s Vessel Safety Law. For classification purposes, a boat is synonymous with a vessel, and includes any artificially or motor propelled watercraft, barge, or airboat, or similar vessel capable of being used as a means of transportation on water. Because all vessels, of whatever classification, are considered dangerous instrumentalities in Florida, boat operators have a duty to exercise the highest standard of care. When an accident occurs involving the breach of a duty owed to another, the negligent party can be held liable for resulting injury or loss.

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Boating accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, and can often involve multiple victims. The passengers aboard a boat can be severely injured in a collision with another vessel or object. In other scenarios those engaged in recreational activities such as swimming, jet or water skiing, and knee or wake boarding, are injured as result of a negligent boat operator. The latter type of accident can often be the most tragic of all, because a collision between a boat and person has the potential to result in severe injury, if not fatality.

Many boating accidents occur as a result of impairment or intoxication. Party-boating or boating while impaired has come to be an all too common occurrence throughout Florida. While our attorneys don’t frown upon recreational boating we also feel that a designated sober boat operator should always be determined prior to venturing out on the water. In general, the operator of a vessel found to be impaired, can be held liability for injury or loss. However, there are also circumstances where the owner of the boat, although not operating the vessel, negligently entrusts the vessel to another due to the owner’s own impairment, or lack of reasonable judgment.

As with other negligence matters, there are time limitations associated with bringing a boating accident lawsuit, and therefore, it is important to seek a consultation as soon as possible following a boating incident in Gainesville, Ocala or a surrounding city. The Boating Accident Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. represent the victims of accidents involving motorboats, sailboats, airboats, personal watercrafts, homemade vessels, and similar boats. Whether the incident occurred in Alachua County, Marion County, or any other county in Florida, our experienced team of accident and injury attorneys will assess your matter with the goal of seeking maximum compensation for your injuries.