Boating Accidents

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

Spring is here, and everyone in Florida knows that boating can be fun. Boating can also be very dangerous. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there are about 5,000 reportable boating accidents annually that result in injuries, deaths, and tens of millions of dollars in damages. The most common causes of boating accidents are operator inattention, operator negligence, recklessness or carelessness, excessive speed and alcohol use. While over 2/3 of fatalities involved drowning, 90% of those failed to wear life jackets. Only 14% of boating accidents resulting in death were on boats whose operators had received boating safety instructions.


Families of those injured or killed in boating accidents face a legal system complicated by state boating laws and possibly federal admiralty statutes when the accident occurs on navigable waters. This is true whether the accident happens on commercial vessels or personal recreational watercraft, like Seadoos, Jet ski’s, bass boats, or deck boats. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, call CGWC for a free consultation.