Florida Accident Highlights Dangers of Boating Under the Influence

by Carmen Dellutri on December 20, 2012

Boat accident attorney floridaA Florida man is facing serious charges after he fell overboard and crashed his boat with his four-year-old daughter will onboard. This Florida boating accident highlights the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol.

As reported by Florida Today, John Burns was seen speeding up and down Grand Canal in Indian Harbor Beach shortly before the accident. After he fell overboard, the 19-foot boat crashed through some trees and eventually stopped in a waterfront backyard, according to police. Burns is charged with felony boating under the influence, BUI with property damage, child abuse, and probation violation.

As we have previously discussed on this Florida injury blog, boating under the influence can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, if not more risky. The blood alcohol levels for impairment are also the same; boaters with a BAC over 0.08 can be charged with a crime.

“We strongly urge to designate an operator if people are going to be drinking or using drugs while out on a boat,” said Joy Hill, information coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. “The effects of the wave action, the sun, the glare, all of that actually intensifies the effects of alcohol.”

“Boating under the influence and driving under the influence are equally dangerous,” Hill said. “They are equally illegal.”

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  

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