West Palm Beach Boating Accident Attorneys
Fun in the sun. Florida has more registered boats and water-faring vessels than any other state in the country. Residents and visitors alike are drawn to the mild year-round temperatures, stunning scenery, and miles of coastline. But the Sunshine State also leads the nation in the number of boat accidents. The sheer number of operators on the water elevates the risk.
Decreasing that risk is part of your responsibility as a conscientious boater; protecting your rights when you have been injured through the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another party is our responsibility. One that we pursue aggressively and tirelessly as Florida’s top boat accident lawyers.
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Boating Danger on the Water
Power boats and yachts are not the only vessels people enjoy: from personal motorized options like waverunners and jet skis, to human-powered kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards, there is a wide variety of watercrafts out there – and an equally wide variety of experience levels. Veteran captains sail alongside individuals who rented a craft with only the most basic of knowledge.
Like an influx of new drivers on crowded roads, these conditions can set the scene for boat accidents.
Factors in Boat Accidents
Boating appeals to millions of people; there is an undeniable feeling of freedom and of tackling the elements. Man versus sea! But Mother Nature can be unpredictable, especially in Florida. Even the most experienced boater will discover that they have an issue if the weather, and water, take a turn for the tempestuous.
The situation is even more dire for those with minimal or no experience operating watercrafts. They can quickly become overwhelmed and make decisions, or simply react, in ways that endanger themselves and others.
But mother nature isn’t the only factor involved in boating accidents. Often people mix fun on the water with alcohol. They can overestimate their ability to handle the vessel and underestimate the potential impact of operating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is a leading cause of accidents involving watercrafts.
If the boat is overcrowded, or overloaded, it’s much easier for a boating accident to occur, and the same is true if the driver doesn’t know the navigational rules or doesn’t properly keep a lookout on the guest who may be tubing or skiing.
Any number of factors can contribute to an accident. Protecting yourself, by avoiding incidents and acting properly in the aftermath, is crucial. The Law Firm of LaBovick LaBovick & Diaz has decades of experience representing clients who have been injured by inexperienced, negligent, and/or careless boaters.
Keeping Safe When Boating
There are many reasons why people may find themselves needing to contact boat accident lawyers – but ideal is never needing to pursue legal action. There are steps you can take to keep yourself safe on the water. First, if you’re a guest on a boat, make sure that the person driving has experience and knows what they’re doing. Inexperienced, overconfident boat drivers are far more likely to cause accidents than experienced ones.
Secondly, always make sure that you wear your lifejacket. Yes, it can be cumbersome, but there are fairly thin life jackets that you can purchase now that are much more comfortable, and having a lifejacket on means that you won’t be anywhere near at as high of a risk of drowning.
You can also make sure that you limit the amount of alcohol everyone in the boat is drinking and restricting it for captains and operators. You are lowering the risk of accidents occurring dramatically. Make sure that the boat is thoroughly inspected, because a damaged vessel or worn components can easily cause you to need boat accident lawyers.
If the unthinkable happens and you are injured while on a boat, make sure seek medical attention and contact boat accident lawyers as soon as you are physically able. Our team has extensive experience in maritime laws and will be the best prepared to help you to protect yourself and obtain remuneration after the accident occurs.
We will work with you to develop a compelling case, taking on the stress and hassle of negotiating with insurance companies and other third-parties, and ensuring you receive the compensation you are owed. LaBovick Law Group is your advocate on and off the water. Contact LaBovick Law Group today to get started.