Being Injured by Someone Charged with a BUI in Florida (Boating Under the Influence)

Boating Under the Influence in Florida

Here in the state of Florida, boating is a popular recreational activity. But what people do not realize is that in the state of Florida, it is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of any sort of drugs or alcohol. Anyone who is found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and who is operating a boat can be charged with BUI or boating under the influence. If you or someone you know was injured by someone who was operating their boat under the influence, you may need a boating accident lawyer to protect your rights and to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

First, what is BUI, or boating under the influence in Florida Law? 

Boating under the influence, or BUI, is a criminal charge given to someone who was found to have been operating a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The same as a DUI, which is driving under the influence, anyone who is injured as a result may be entitled to money for their injuries. The law determines whether someone should be charged with a BUI by evaluating whether or not someone is “affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired.” 

This standard can be found in Florida Statute 316.1934. Oftentimes, the operator of the boat will be given a blood alcohol test to determine if they exceed the legal limit, which is .08%. If they are found to be above that legal limit, they will be charged with BUI, or boating under the influence.  

What should I do if I’m injured by someone BUI?

sailboat used in BOI in Florida

Just like a car accident, if you are injured by someone who is charged with BUI, or boating under the influence, you should immediately take action to make sure your rights are protected. The first thing you should do is call for emergency assistance if you or someone you know on the boat is injured. Even if there is only property damage to the boat, you should call the police. 

If you feel injured, you should get evaluated by emergency personnel and if necessary, take the trip to the emergency room to get evaluated. Oftentimes, adrenaline is high following an accident, especially an accident that has happened out on a boat in the ocean, and you may not know you have severe injuries until hours later.

It is also important to get the names and numbers of all those involved and any witnesses. Witnesses can be vital to your case because they can verify what happened to you if the insurance company has questions. You should also take photographs of everything. Take photographs of the damage to the boat and photographs of the injuries you sustained.

Should I call an attorney if I am injured by someone BUI?

If you have been injured, and the person who injured you has insurance, you may certainly need an attorney to assist with the process. An attorney can assist with doing an initial investigation to see if the boat was insured. If the person who was charged with BUI was insured, there may be an insurance policy available to assist with your injuries. 

Even if someone was driving a boat without insurance, the person may have assets that enable you to seek recovery from them directly. A personal injury attorney can assist with this process. As you treat for the injuries you sustained, an attorney can make sure that the insurance company knows about the injuries and the treatment you have been undergoing. They can also make sure that you get the compensation you deserve and can sit beside you throughout the negotiation process.

You always want to be sure that you are working with a skilled personal injury lawyer who will know all of the rules and steps that need to be taken related to your case. You should pick an attorney who takes your case seriously and seeks to make sure that every single T has been crossed and every I has been dotted.

Getting the Compensation You Deserve for Your Injuries Caused By an Under the Influence Boater in Florida

Signing Documents in BUI Case

If you have been injured in a boating accident you will want to make sure that you have a qualified and experienced boat accident injury lawyer on your side. We take pride in handling boating personal injury cases for our clients and our experienced team will provide you with superior support and guidance throughout the process of seeking compensation for your boating injuries.

Contact us today and come in for a consultation. We will help you to get the compensation that you deserve for your boating personal injury case with compassion and attention to detail. At The Lopez Law Group, we work solely on contingency and cover the cost of litigation. Call us today at 727-933-0015 and we’ll review your case and explain how we only get paid when we win your case and get you the rightful compensation you deserve.