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Boating Accidents

With coastlines, lakes and rivers available for water sports in Florida, the state is truly a boater's paradise. With such well-known destinations such as Sand Key County Park, Clearwater Beach, Greer Island Beach, Fort DeSoto State Park and Caspersen Beach, the options are limitless. Although everyone would like to enjoy a relaxing day on the water, sometimes accidents do occur. Serious injuries caused by negligence are too common in Florida. Too many people and insurance companies get away with shirking responsibility for compensating the victim for their careless or reckless actions.

When this happens, it is important that you work with an attorney who can stand up to those who wronged you and demand that they answer for their careless or reckless actions. A qualified attorney will be able to develop a legal strategy that allows you to demand the money essential in covering the costs of the injury, so you can move on with your life.

Melbourne Boating Accident Lawyer

The litigation process is complicated. In-depth knowledge of Florida law and legal procedure is paramount when approaching a personal injury. An experienced and proven Florida personal injury attorney could mean the difference between full compensation and claiming financial responsibility. Our legal team at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter can provide exceptional legal counsel that identifies the offending party and proves negligence.

Understanding that time and resources are stretched thin, we offer efficient, cost-effective representation where legal fees are based on performance, not hours worked. This common interest invested in both attorney and client creates a focused environment where everyone is on the same page, working towards the ultimate goal of compensation and peace of mind. We are fiercely protective of constitutional rights and will make certain you are not taken advantage of. Defendants and insurance companies are notoriously uncooperative during litigation, so we will make it a goal of ours to produce an argument that refutes the erroneous and dishonest claims that these parties commonly resort to.

Our firm proudly represents individuals and families throughout Brevard County, Orange County, Seminole County, Indian River County and Osceola County. This includes Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Satellite Beach, Cape Canaveral, Indian Harbour Beach, and surrounding areas.

To learn more about the services we provide and how to approach your legal issue, we offer free initial consultation to all prospective clients. To sit down and meet with an attorney about your boating injury, please call (321) 586-9944 or send an online message today.

Boating Accidents Information Center

Florida Boating Rules and Regulations

Being a coastal state, Florida has extensive regulations and laws when it comes to boating. As of 2010, all boaters in Florida who were born on or after January 1, 1988, must have in their possession a valid Boating Safety Education ID Card when operating any motorized vessel of 10hp or more.

You do not require a Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card if:

  • You hold a valid U.S. Coast Guard Marine Operator's License
  • You are operating on a private lake or pond
  • You are a non-resident of Florida and have completed a NASBLA-Approved course in your state
  • You are operating a vessel that has been purchased within 90 days or less (the bill of sale must be made available for inspection upon request)

To get your Florida Boater Education ID Card, you need to take a course that has been approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

No one under 14 may operate any personal watercraft (PWC) on Florida State Waters. Children under the age of six must wear a properly fitted Personal Flotation Device (life jacket) when onboard any vessel.

Boating Under the Influence

It is a violation of Florida law to operate a vessel while impaired by alcohol or other drugs. A vessel operator suspected of boating under the influence must submit to sobriety tests and a physical or chemical test to determine blood- or breath-alcohol content.

In Florida, a vessel operator is presumed to be under the influence if their blood- or breath-alcohol level is at or above .08.

Any person under 21 years of age who is found to have a breath-alcohol level of .02 or higher and operates or is in actual physical control of a vessel is in violation of Florida law.

What to Do following a Boating Accident

There are a few things that you need to keep in mind following a boating accident. The operator of a vessel involved in a boating accident where there is personal injury beyond immediate first aid, death, disappearance of any person under circumstances which indicate death or injury, or if there is damage to the vessel of at least $2,000, must immediately give notice to one of the following:

  • the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
  • the sheriff of the county in which the accident occurred, or
  • the police chief of the municipality in which the accident occurred, if applicable.

It is unlawful for any person operating a vessel involved in a boating accident to leave the scene without giving all possible aid to the involved persons and without reporting the accident to the proper authorities.

In addition to these requirements, remember to document the following information if possible:

  • Date, time and exact location of the accident;
  • Name of each person who died or disappeared;
  • Number and name of the vessel; and
  • Name and address of the owner and operator.

Causes and Damages in a Boating Accident

With all the things you have to keep in mind while boating, many different scenarios can lead to an accident. Some of the most common causes of boating accidents and injuries include:

  • Grounding, capsizing, sinking, flooding or swamping
  • Falls within or overboard a vessel
  • Persons ejected from a vessel
  • Fire or explosion
  • Water-skiing or other mishap involving a towable device (tube)
  • Collision with another vessel or object
  • Striking a submerged object
  • A person struck by a vessel, propeller, propulsion unit, or steering machinery
  • Accident resulting from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol


Damages are the costs related to negligence. Many services or costs that resulted from the accident are recoverable if you win your case. Some of the primary forms of damages in boating accidents in Florida include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of consortium
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Rehabilitation Costs
  • Wrongful Death

Boating Accident Resources

USCG – Boating – This link will send you to the primary boating safety page within the United States Coast Guard website. The page offers information on responsible boating, accident reporting, vessel safety checks and navigation rules.

National Safe Boating Council – Clicking here will direct you to the home page of the NSBC. This site contains information and resources on their safe boating campaign, safety products, current event news, membership, and training.

Boating Regulations – Before boating, it is important to know the Florida state regulations. This site will inform you on vessel registration, boating accidents, speed restrictions, boating under the influence and equipment and lighting requirements.

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter | Brevard County Boat Accident Lawyer

The consequences of a serious boating accident can be devastating. Fortunately, the services of a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney can help you mitigate the severity of the situation. By working to demand compensation from the individual or party responsible, your representation will have the opportunity to sort out the facts of the case and prove negligence.

James Coulter of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter have the legal background and singular focus to provide counsel that is both detail-oriented and aggressive. We are not intimidated by the substantial legal resources and of defendants and insurance companies and will focus on proving negligence as opposed to engaging in circular arguments with those looking to protect their own selfish interests. Attorney James Coulter is confident in his abilities and is willing to stick with you as long as it takes to fight for the outcome you deserve.

Based in Brevard County, we are a convenient option for Central Florida residents and visitors. We are more than willing to work with individuals and families throughout the cities of Palm Bay, Rockledge, Titusville, Orlando, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Daytona Beach, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Vero Beach, Kissimmee and St. Cloud, among others.

To schedule a free and confidential consultation to go over the details of your boating accident case, please call (321) 586-9944 or send an online message. The time to begin the litigation process is immediately following the accident. Let us take control of your case and produce strong results while you rest, get better and move forward with your life.

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