Boating Excursion Gone Wrong?

Ship deckFlorida has more boating accidents annually than any other state. This is largely because people seem to forget, the moment they get out on a boat, that virtually every danger they are exposed to on the highway exists on the waterways as well.

There are no requirements in Florida that are the nautical equivalent of driver’s training or driver’s licenses. Even a tourist from an inland state who has never touched a boat in his/her life can come to Florida, rent a speedboat, and zip off into oblivion, taking who knows how many others with them. These and other unique factors make it fairly challenging to pursue justice in boating accident cases.


If you were injured in an accident involving:

  • Jet Skis, Wave Runners, or other personal watercraft
  • Center-Console Runabouts
  • Yachts
  • Tenders
  • Cabin Cruisers
  • Inflatable Boats (Rigid or Semi-Rigid)
  • Sailboats
  • Airboats
  • Kayaks, Canoes, or Paddleboats
  • Other watercraft

It is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer. For over a decade, Joseph C. Miller, P.A. has represented victims of boating accidents in Duval County, Florida and nearby communities. Attorney Miller has extensive knowledge of the complexities of such cases, and what it takes to secure favorable outcomes for his clients.


Many people assume that, because being out on the water is dangerous, they are the ones responsible if anything should happen to them. And while that is true in many instances, it is not always the case. It is your responsibility to act in a safe manner while out on the water, but it is also the responsibility of others on the water to act safely toward and around you.

Here are some questions to consider in determining the responsible party in a boating accident:

  • Did someone’s watercraft glance off of a large wake and run into you?
  • Did you fall off of the back of a boat because the driver took off too quickly or failed to warn you of the takeoff?
  • Did the boat you rented fail catastrophically due to a mechanical defect that should have been discovered in the process of normal maintenance?
  • Did you pack too many people on a boat you rented without receiving a proper warning from the company you rented it from?

These are just a few potential scenarios wherein negligence and recklessness can lead to serious injuries on the waterways. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a boating accident, contact the Law Offices of Joseph C. Miller, P.A. today at (904) 358-2020 for a free consultation.

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