Boating Injuries

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From wealthy boat owners to insurance companies and their lawyers, Van Riper Nies is ready to fight for your rights.

Van Riper Nies represents individuals and families who have suffered an injury or lost loved ones due to the fault of others.  Our firm motto is that we leave no stone unturned in the prosecution of our clients injury claims.   

If you or a loved one has been injured on a boat or waverunner, whether caused in an accident or by the operator’s carelessness or recklessness, call our maritime attorneys for a free consultation.

Our maritime injury attorneys are known for the personal attention we provide to our clients. We believe it is important that you are comfortable with us, that your questions are answered and that you always know the status of your case.

Florida leads the country in the number of boat registrations, with well over a million registered boats. In addition, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates that over 350,000 non-registered boats actively use Florida’s waters.  As a consequence, Florida’s waterways become more and more congested. This leads to more accidents and boating injuries.

While less than 10% of boating accidents in Florida result in fatalities, nearly half of those occur because of capsizing and falls overboard. An alarming 22% of the boating deaths were caused by alcohol or drug use. Types of boating accidents our law firm handles, include:

  • Falls while onboard
  • Capsizing
  • Falling overboard
  • Collisions with another boat or structure
  • Fire
  • Sinking, flooding
  • Explosions
  • Missing vessel or passenger

There are numerous causes of boating injuries; most of which are avoidable. U.S. Statistics show a clear majority of boat accidents are caused by operator inexperience or inattention. 70% of all boat accidents occur on boats where operators had no formal boater education. Other reasons for boating accidents include:

  • Recklessness/careless boat operation
  • Failing to keep a proper lookout
  • Speeding
  • Lack of proper boat maintenance
  • Improper seating of passengers
  • Failure to observe weather warnings
  • Operating a boat in a congested area
  • Not observing the "rules of the road", which are the inland and international rules for the prevention of collision at sea.
  • Not understanding aids to navigation
  • Overpowering the vessel
  • Proceeding in an unseaworthy vessel
  • Starting the engine with clutch engaged or throttle advanced
  • Bad judgment

Another cause of boating accidents and injuries is drinking alcohol while operating a boat.  This accounts for nearly one-quarter of all recreational boating fatalities, and is, in fact, the number one cause of boating accident fatalities. Because the effects of alcohol are magnified while on the water, intoxicated boaters are more than 10 times as likely to be killed in a boating accident because of reduced coordination, dehydration, susceptibility to hypothermia, and impaired judgment.

Our experienced maritime attorneys offer free consultations, where will discuss your situation and injuries and review all the legal options available to you. 

For more a free consultation about our maritime injury practice, please call 772-460-2352, complete the confidential contact form below or email us at

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