Living in Tampa-St Pete is a boater’s paradise, whether one chooses to navigate the waters of Tampa Bay, the Gulf, the Manatee, or head to the any of the nearby inland lakes. Florida has over one million registered boats, and a good amount of them are on the water every weekend.
Safe recreational boating requires experience and focus. There are a lot of boating mishaps that can occur because of inexperience, recklessness or carelessness. The chances for a boating accident increase exponentially when alcohol is involved.
- Boat operators are more likely to become impaired faster than an automobile driver, drink for drink.
- Alcohol can be traced to be the cause of about one third of all boating fatalities.
- The penalties for boating under the influence (BUI) can result in substantial fines, loss of operational privileges and jail time.
As an operator of a water craft, you’re responsible for the safety of your passengers; if you drink while boating, your passengers are at risk for serious injury or death, and you could be held liable.
The same rules apply if you’re a passenger in a boat with an operator under the influence. If you fall overboard, slip on the deck, or are involved in a collision, chances are the driver of the boat can be held responsible and liable for your injuries.
To investigate your remedies in these types of situations, you need an experienced injury lawyer with a background in representing boating accidents with knowledge of insurance and maritime laws, as well as the applicable Florida statutes.
For over twenty years, Tampa Bay area Board Certified attorney Bryan Caulfield has been representing parties injured in boating and waverunner accidents. The initial consultation is free, and you can call Bryan Caulfield at 1-800-535-2529 or contact him online to set up a time to discuss your potential case.
Bryan Caulfield will listen attentively, assess your situation, and lay out any potential options you have for remedy. Most cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means the only fee due is a percentage of what you win in court or a settlement. If no recovery is made, you owe nothing.
Bryan Caulfield’s firm has offices in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Spring Hill, New Port Richey and Rocky Point, and he is available 24/7 to field your inquiry.