Teens at Greater Risk for Florida Boating Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on June 28, 2011

Florida boat accident attorneyLast week, we told you about Gabby DeSouza, a Florida teen who lost her leg in a tragic Florida boating accident. Since that post was published, three teens involved in her accident have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury, reckless operation of a vessel, and culpable negligence.

As their arrest report describes, the boys drove the boat into shallow waters intended only for swimmers. According to investigators, the teens ignored blaring horns and waving lifeguards to get there. The teens’ willful disregard for the safety of other people constitutes reckless operation in violation of Florida boating laws.

As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, the three teens fled from the scene of the Florida boating accident, while others stayed behind to help Gabby to shore. Under Florida boating laws, it is unlawful for any person operating a vessel involved in a boating accident to leave the scene without giving all possible aid to the involved persons and without reporting the accident to the proper authorities.

This Florida boating accident highlights that teens may not always know or follow safe boating laws. While Florida law requires drivers of motor vehicles to be at least 16, there's no such requirement for boaters.

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 Florida boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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