Many people are familiar with the laws pertaining to operating a car and car accidents. They know that they must be sober while operating the car, that they need to obey speed limits, and that they should not leave the scene of an accident before police arrive. Many people, with the exception of boating enthusiasts, may not be aware that similar rules apply on waterways. In order to avoid boating accidents and personal injuries from such accidents, you should become familiar with boating laws.
Recent Boating Accident in Florida
ABC news recently reported on a boating accident in the Florida Keys on June 9, 2013 that injured 9 people. A 36-foot Carrera boat carrying sixteen passengers collided with a 28-foot vessel carrying two passengers. A dozen people from both vessels were thrown into the water, and the smaller vessel capsized after the collision. Fortunately, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which was investigating the accident, did not report any deaths. One passenger had to be helicoptered to a hospital and suffered a leg injury and concussion. Commission Authorities conducted field sobriety tests on the captains of both ships shortly after the accident and found nothing amiss. However, the Commission said that charges could be brought against one or both captains if they violated federal or state boating laws.Read More