Orlando Boating Accident Attorneys
Florida has more boating accidents every year than does nearly any other state in the nation. Because of its hundreds of miles’ worth of gorgeous coastline, boating is one of the most popular pastimes in Florida. However, the more boats on the water, the higher the risk of boating accident.
When a boating accident occurs, the outcome can be devastating. If you have been involved in a boating accident in Florida, or lost a loved on in this accident type, it is important that you hire an experienced Florida boating accident attorney to handle your case and improve your chances of getting your maximum compensation amount.
Top Causes of Boating Accidents
Boating accidents occur for a number of reasons. These reasons include, but are not limited to:
- Intoxicated/impaired operation of a boat;
- Lack of lookout;
- Operator inexperience;
- Inattention/distraction of operator;
- Dangerous waters/bad weather;
- Boat equipment failure; and
- Failing to adhere to navigational/boating rules.
Sadly, most of the causes of boating accidents provided on the list above are also preventable acts of negligence. While some accidents – like those caused by harsh waters – may not always be avoidable, accidents caused by unsafe behaviors certainly are.
Injuries from Boating Accidents
The injuries from boating accidents may be very similar to injuries caused by accidents involving other vehicle types. In addition to broken bones, internal injuries, head injuries, spinal injuries, burn injuries (in the event of fire or explosion), and amputation injuries, boating accidents also prevent another serious risk: drowning. If a person is knocked overboard and is injured, is unconscious, or is unable to swim, they are at serious risk of death by drowning. This is especially true if they are not wearing a life vest at the time of the accident.
Who Is Liable for a Boating Accident?
When negligence leads to a boating accident, victims of that accident have the right to seek compensation for their losses by holding the negligent party liable. Depending upon the cause of the accident, the liable party may include:
- The operator of another boat;
- The operator of the boat on which the victim was a passenger at the time of crash; or
- A third party, such as the owner of the boat or the boat’s manufacturer.
Your Right to Compensation
When you are injured in a boating accident or lose a loved on in this accident type, you have the right to recover compensation for all of your losses. This includes compensation for pain and suffering, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, damage to the boat, loss of companionship or quality of life, medical expenses, and more.
We Are Here to Support You
Boating accidents are more common than they should be, costing people their lives, and causing injuries, every year in Florida. If you are involved in a boating accident and want to learn more about your legal option, please contact our experienced boating accident attorneys at the law firm of Moses & Rooth. A consultation with our lawyers is completely free, and we never charge you out of pocket fees.