In the state of Florida, recreational boating is a massive hobby and lifestyle that many people love. Really any coastal state will see a robust recreational boating community, and many inland states have such communities too. Being out on the water and enjoying a sunny afternoon is a privilege, and those who fully embrace this are certainly content with their decision.
But recreational boating can also cause problems. It is inherent to the topic, of course, but there are undoubtedly people out there who operate their boats and vessels in unsafe ways, or they partake in illegal behaviors before (or even during) their boat trip. When a boat crashes or is involved in an accident, it is likely that someone will suffer injuries as a result. Boating accidents are very serious and given the dangers inherent to the activity, people need to be aware of the risks and what they can do afterwards.
Boating accidents can cause people to drown in the most serious cases. If the victims of a recreational boating accident survive, they may do so while suffering broken bones, head and brain trauma, spinal injuries and/or many other serious or catastrophic injuries. If it can be proven that a recreational boat operator was drunk or failed to follow the laws and rules pertaining to his or her vessel and the body of water you were in, then you could have the grounds for a lawsuit.
At The Law Offices of John W. Merting, we will do everything we can for victims of recreational boating accidents. We have the experience to help them build their case and seek the justice they deserve.