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Florida Boating Accidents
With year around sun and a temperate climate, the three major bodies of water that surround the State of Florida provides recreational and commercial boaters many opportunities for enjoyment and employment. The potential of having a large number of vessels on the waterways produces many instances of personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage lawsuits. The State of Florida leads the nation with boating fatalities and accidents. Boat accidents can be very complex, as there are many variables in determining causation, negligence, and jurisdiction.
For those being criminally charged in a personal injury, wrongful death, or property damage lawsuit which is related to a boat accident, it is vitally important to hire a seasoned criminal defense attorney. There are federal, state, and general maritime laws that govern the waterways and The AP Law Group stays current on the laws for all jurisdictions. We are an experienced and dedicated law firm and our focus is criminal defense. We have methods and strategies that can guide you through the legal process for the best possible outcome.
Criminal charges in boat accidents are often the result of boating under the influence. A conviction for a felony boating under the influence charge can bring harsh penalties if your alcohol consumption brings you over the state’s legal blood alcohol content of .08%. Depending on the circumstances and your prior criminal history, the penalties can include imprisonment, fines, community service, and mandatory substance abuse programs. A third-degree felony can result in imprisonment for up to five years, a second degree felony can carry a prison term of up to fifteen years, and a first degree felony can carry a prison term of up to 30 years.
The AP Law Group Stands by their Clients in Misdemeanor or Felony Offenses
Some common reasons that boat accidents cause serious personal injury or death, resulting in criminally negligent claims, are the collision of two boats, the boat hitting rock or under water land, and the boat hitting a wave or wake. Liability in these instances depends on a variety of factors, such as speed, weather conditions, visibility, if the passengers were warned, and whether you are in a no wake zone. Occurrences of severe personal injury or death can happen because of reckless operation of the vessel, causing passengers to fall or be thrown from the boat. Safety equipment on boats is mandated by state and federal laws, such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, lights, flares, and whistles. Lack of safety equipment can constitute a negligence lawsuit. Maintenance issues on boats can cause fires, explosions, and toxic inhalation of fumes. These can be construed as negligence of the boat owner and if there are serious injuries and death, the owner can be charged with negligent homicide.
Contact The AP Law Group for Experienced Representation
If you have been injured in a boating accident, or are being accused of criminal charges of misconduct, recklessness, or negligence in a boating accident, contact The AP Law Group at 352-732-9191. We have over 55 years combined legal experience in criminal law and understand that one accident can significantly impact your future. We will work tirelessly to evaluate every facet of your case, defend your rights, and deliver results.