Florida Boat Accident & Injury Attorneys
Florida: the Sunshine State. Residents and visitors alike love the wonderful year-round temperatures, gorgeous scenery, miles of coastline, and of course, the nearly everpresent sun. This makes it the single busiest state in the country in terms of recreational boating. But, perhaps inevitably with this many people on the water, Florida also leads the nation in boating accidents.
While certainly not a deterrent from enjoying a day out on the water, it is essential to take steps to protect yourself – both on the water and in the event on an accident. If you or a loved one are injured in a boat accident in Florida, contact LaBovick Law Group. Our experienced maritime law team will protect your rights – and ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
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Involved in a Recreational or Fishing Boat Accident?
Coping with an injury as a result of a boating accident is difficult enough; contending with the law can add an unnecessary, and untenable, layer of complexity.
Florida has no age requirement when it comes to boating. Many operators are not licensed (those over 30 years of age do not have to have a license) and do not have any formal training or safety courses under their belts. This can result in poor or rash decisions on the water – and in accidents that could have been prevented.
The difficulty, though, is that accidents that occur on public waterways or navigable waters are not regulated under the same laws as those that happen on land. Different jurisdictions – state, federal, and international – play a role, and each has its own procedures. Further complicating the matter, there are different laws pertaining to cruise accidents and injuries sustained by maritime workers.
Recreational and fishing boat accidents exist in a legal middle ground that can be challenging to navigate. Your representative must be expert in maritime law and able to argue in state and federal courts to ensure you receive the compensation owed to you if you are injured by a negligent, reckless, careless, or intoxicated boat operator.
Common Factors in Boating Accidents
Collisions with other vessels are one of the most common causes of boating accidents in the Sunshine State. Incidents involving drugs and alcohol also contribute to unfortunate statistics. Similar to motor vehicle regulations, Florida prohibits boat operators from being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. A blood alcohol level of 0.08 is considered legally intoxicated; for underage operators, this drops to 0.02.
Operators suspected to be under the influence must comply with appropriate testing by law enforcement; failure to do so may result in loss of driving/operating privileges.
Other factors involving boating accidents include:
- Collisions with other boats
- Collisions with fixed objects
- Overboard falls
- Wake damage
Negligence also plays a role: whether caused by inexperience or other factors, operators can cause serious injury by using excessive speed, overloading the vessel with people and/or gear, navigating in unsafe conditions (i.e. stormy, treacherous weather), failing to follow standard boating rules, passing other vessels in an unsafe manner, etc.
Accidents and incidents related to defective vessels and/or equipment are relatively rare – but they do occur. If you are injured due to defective property, you may be entitled to compensation from the owner of the vessel, rental company, and/or manufacturer. Please contact the LaBovick Law Group; our team will evaluate your situation and help you determine the appropriate steps forward.
Fighting for Your Rights
As South Florida’s top boat accident attorneys, we can help you seek, and receive, compensation to cover:
- Medical expenses, including medication, medical supplies, physical therapy, etc..
- Lost wages.
- Property damage.
- Pain and suffering.
Contending with mounting bills when you are suffering from a boat accident injury is not a stressor you need – or that you can afford. Your attorney will take the burden from you, investigating the incident and building a compelling case that will lead to the results you need.
While personal injury and maritime law intersect, if you are injured in a boating accident, it is advisable to contact an attorney experienced in this specific area. Regulations, legislation, and statutes of limitation differ significantly for injuries that occur on vessels and on or near navigable waters. The LaBovick Law Group team is here to help you maneuver through these difficult times and arrive at appropriate compensation. Contact us for a consultation today.