Just as it has enacted laws regarding driving a motorized vehicle while intoxicated, Florida also penalizes Boating Under the Influence (BUI). Unfortunately, the nature of water-based activities can make it difficult to enforce the laws, so marine accidents involving alcohol are still a common problem. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), drunk or drugged boat operation plays a role in around 23% of boating fatalities. With the Fourth of July right around the corner and water-based fun being part of the celebration, you can be sure that the risk of BUI accidents will be high.
Victims do have legal options after being injured in a boating accident caused by impairment or any other form of negligence. A Miami boating and marine accidents lawyer can review your circumstances and explain the laws, since you may qualify for compensation. Still, it is wise to review some additional data to protect yourself and your family over this Fourth of July weekend.
Statistics on BUI and Boating Accidents