◦ In Florida, you must be at least 18 years old to rent a personal watercraft, but you only need to be 14 years old to operate a personal watercraft
    ◦ According to the U.S. Coast Guard, approximately 71% of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and 84% of those victims were not wearing a life jacket
    ◦ It is illegal to operate a boat with a blood alcohol level at or above .08

Boat & Jet Ski Accidents

Boats and personal watercrafts, such as jet skis, are very popular in South Florida.  The operation of these types of motor vehicles is very different than that of an automobile.  Boats and jet skis are often operated by individuals who have not been properly trained, and alcohol is often a factor in boating accidents resulting in injury.  Also, the lack of proper safety equipment, such as life vests, can turn a minor accident into a life threatening event. Depending upon the circumstances of a boating accident, there may be special laws which apply to any claim for injuries.

If you are in involved in an accident, your first concern should be for your health and safety.   If you are significantly injured, you should not get out of your vehicle nor should you attempt to move your vehicle.  Call the U.S. Coast Guard, or, if available and appropriate under the circumstances, call 911 to report the accident.  Other than a maritime and/or law enforcement officer, you should not talk to anyone about the accident.  Also, if you are injured, you should seek medical attention immediately as failure to timely seek care may prejudice your ability to be compensated for your medical bills and injuries.   Finally, contact your insurance company and report the accident.

After you have dealt with the immediate crisis, you should consult with an attorney.  If you have been involved in an accident, the Law Office of Mark A. Glassman, P.A., would like the opportunity to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your rights and responsibilities and determine if you are entitled to compensation under the law.  Please call toll free (844-USA-LAWS) or e-mail (Claims@USALawsuits.com) the Law Office of Mark A. Glassman, P.A., to discuss your potential legal claim.