In Florida, boating is a favorite activity for tourists. There are a wide variety of companies that rent different types of watercraft such as personal watercraft, motorboats, pontoon boats, and/or sailboats to those on vacation. Tourists may not be aware of the risks that come along with renting a watercraft since companies often avoid disclosing them. In addition, inexperienced operators need proper training before renting a boat. If the rental company doesn’t provide it, this could lead to a serious accident.
The Increase in Florida Boat Rental Accidents
According to the 2020 Boating Accident Statistical Report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), there was a significant increase in boat rental accidents in 2020 from the previous year. In 2020, the number of accidents reported to the FWC was 520 compared to 184 reported in 2019. There are a number of reasons for this.
Primary Causes of Boat Rental Accidents
- Rental without proper safety equipment
- Rental without boater education
- Rental to people under 18 years of age
Other reasons for boat rental accidents include irresponsible boat operators. While the boat rental company has a responsibility to keep boaters safe, those operating the rental boat are accountable, also. Drivers who are distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or speed are at risk for an accident and should not be in control of the boat. Additionally, rental boats that are not properly maintained or serviced can cause an accident due to equipment failure or malfunction.
Contact an Experienced Boat Accident Attorney
Boating accidents can lead to serious and fatal injuries. If you rented a boat in Florida and were injured due to the negligence of the boat rental company, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
How an Attorney Can Help
- Determine the cause of the accident
- Determine if the rental company breached its duty of care when renting you the boat
- Calculate the value of your case
- Represent you in court if the case does not settle
Possible Damages You Can Recover
- Medical bills and expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Wrongful death
Contact Us About Your Florida Boat Rental Accident Case
If you have been injured in a boat rental accident in Florida, contact Browning Law Firm for a free, no-obligation consultation. There are never any legal fees unless we win your case. To schedule an appointment, fill out our online contact form, or call us at 850-344-1736. We help victims who have been injured in watercraft accidents in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Navarre, Niceville, and across the Florida Panhandle.