Boating is a very popular pastime in Florida, and it’s easy to understand why. With our bright sunshine and plentiful bodies of warm water, a day of revelry out on the lake or ocean is superlative joy for people of all ages.
Unfortunately, it also carries certain inherent dangers. Every person who owns and uses any kind of watercraft must observe proper safety protocols. The consequences of unsafe or irresponsible actions can lead to more than legal consequences; they can also lead to devastating injuries.
Boating Safety Equipment and the Law
Watercraft owners are required by state law to equip their vehicles with certain safety devices, and ensure they are in proper working condition.
Most private watercrafts are required to be equipped with the following:
- Personal floatation devices for each person on board (Children aged 6 and under are required to wear PFD’s at all time while on boats less than 26 feet long.)
- A US Coast guard-approved fire extinguisher, regularly checked and maintained
- Flares or other distress signals
- An air horn or other loud device that can be used to signal the boat’s presence to swimmers or other boats
- Fire response systems (sprinklers or other devices for putting out gasoline fires)
- Adequate ventilation systems
If you have suffered an injury because a privately owned watercraft lacked necessary safety equipment, contact our Orlando personal injury lawyer for compassionate but aggressive litigation in boating accidents. Todd Miner and his experienced team will help you pursue legal action against the party responsible.
Wrongly Injured in a Boating Accident? Contact Todd Miner Law.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent boat operator, you are probably eligible to receive financial compensation for your related losses. To discuss your rights and the best course of action with the knowledgeable personal injury lawyer Orlando trusts for matters of boating accidents, call Todd Miner Law today.