Questions About Boating Accidents

Representing Orlando, the Four Corners, Tampa and Nearby Areas of Florida

Are you a boating enthusiast? Recreational boating is very popular with Floridians. There are approximately one million boats registered in Florida. Add to that the number of boats registered in other places that are in the state at any one time and it’s evident that there’s a lot of boating activity on Florida waters.

Boats and Automobiles

Because of the prevalence of automobile travel in our society most people have a general understanding of concepts that affect drivers, passengers and others who might be impacted by an auto accident. While there is a lot of boating activity in our state, there is a significant possibility that people can be affected by a boating accident and not know what their rights are and what to do. At the law firm of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter our team of personal injury attorneys understand the unique factors that must be considered when investigating a boating accident. Whether you are a seasoned boating enthusiast, have never been in a boat or anywhere in between, if you’ve been injured in a Florida boating accident we can help.

Boating Requirements

If you’re involved in an auto accident you have a reasonable expectation that the operators of other vehicles involved are licensed to drive and that they possess state required liability insurance. What about accidents involving a boat?

  • Does the state have requirements for registering boats?

Under Florida law there are 7 different classes of boats. Like other vehicles there are requirements for ownership (title) and registration.

  • Do boat owner/operators have to carry insurance?

The law does not require all boats to carry insurance. Generally, boats that can reach speeds of 40mph or more must be insured. Insurance coverage for boats is similar to that offered for automobiles including liability coverage.

  • Do boat operators have to be licensed like drivers of cars?

Anyone under the age of 22 who operates a boat or other watercraft powered by a motor of ten horsepower or more must possess a Boater Safety Education ID Card. To receive the card, an operator must complete an authorized boater safety course.

Regardless of legal requirements for insurance, liability is a concept that affects everyone. If you’ve been involved in a boating accident you are probably less concerned with the regulations than just knowing that whoever is responsible for your injury is held responsible for paying for the damage they’ve caused. That’s what we’re here for. At the law firm of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter we know how to make sure you get the compensation you deserve after you’ve been injured in an accident. If you’ve been injured in a boating accident anywhere in the state of Florida, please contact us today.