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Boating Accident Attorney in Gainesville

Boating Accident Attorney in Gainesville

Boating is a popular activity in Gainesville. From fishing to pleasure cruises, residents and visitors spend a lot of time out on the water. Unfortunately, boating accidents can occur, and injuries can be severe. If you need a Gainesville boating accident lawyer, Morgan & Morgan may be able to help. Contact Morgan & Morgan to learn more about your legal rights and for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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  • Common Causes of Boat Accidents

    Florida Watercraft Negligence

    When a competent watercraft operator behaves negligently, dangerous accidents can occur. Negligence could mean allowing a passenger to sit in an off-limits place on the boat. It could also look like risky maneuvers such as jumping wakes, splashing nearby boats, or operating too close to the other boats.


    Like speeding on land, speeding on waterways can be deadly. It is also illegal. When operating a watercraft at an excessive speed, the operator has much less time to react to their surroundings. When a stationary or moving object is coming at them fast, mere seconds of reaction time can mean the difference between life and death.

    Alcohol or Marijuana Use

    All watercraft operators must follow the same laws as automobile drivers. Operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol or marijuana is not only illegal, but it can lead to deadly outcomes. Between 2014 and 2018, alcohol use contributed to hundreds of boating accidents, deaths, and injuries in Florida.


    Inexperienced operators are much more likely to be involved in a boating accident. Each year in Florida, thousands of tourists rent personal watercraft and boats while visiting on vacation. In addition to Florida waterway laws, each different type of watercraft is regulated differently. Inexperienced operators may not be familiar with the features of vessels they haven’t operated before.


    Depending on the operator’s experience level, they may not anticipate rapidly changing weather conditions. In an act of nature, like a severe storm, even experienced operators may struggle to safely operate a watercraft. Every watercraft operator must ensure that their vessel has current and inspected safety equipment.

  • Florida Statute of Limitations

    A statute of limitations is the deadline by which a lawsuit must be filed. If the lawsuit is not filed on or before the deadline, you’ll lose your right to recovery forever. Florida recently adjusted its statute of limitations for personal injury cases. If your boating accident took place on 3/23/2023 or before, you’ll have four years to file your lawsuit. If your accident occurred after that date, you will have two years to file your claim instead.

    However, for accidents involving watercraft, the statute of limitations might differ based on where the accident occurred and whether it was subject to Federal Maritime laws.

  • Why Choose Morgan & Morgan as Your Gainesville Boating Accident Lawyer

    Morgan & Morgan is the nation’s largest personal injury law firm, and we have a proven track record of success. We have recovered over $20 billion in damages for our clients and can work to help ensure you receive full and fair compensation. Contact Morgan & Morgan today to schedule a free consultation with one of our specialists.

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