Recreational boating and water sports can be fun but serious injuries can result. The majority of marine accidents involve people who are using personal watercrafts or who are participating in recreational water sports. Victims who are injured in these accidents or surviving family members of people who die due to accidents on the water need to have a good understanding of their rights in such cases.
Types of Boating Accident Claims Handled By Our Firm
Negligence: An operator may be considered negligent for:
- Hitting a big wave or wake at an excessive speed;
- Deciding to navigate in heavy weather, causing individuals to fall overboard;
- Contact with propellers,
- Operating at a high speed;
- Failing to carry safety equipment on board;
- Collisions with other boats or fixed object(s);
- Failing to know the “rules of the road,” as required by the FFWCC; and
- Overcrowding and overloading the vessel.
Boating Under the Influence: Under Florida state law, it is illegal to operate a vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If an individual is suspected of operating a vessel while intoxicated, they must submit to sobriety tests. Refusal to submit to the test will result in the revocation of the operator’s boating and driving privileges. An individual is intoxicated, according to the law, if their blood or breath alcohol level is at or above .08.
Reckless and Careless Operation: Under Florida and Federal Navigation Rules, an individual who operates a vessel with “willful disregard for the safety of persons or property” may be cited with reckless operation, which is a first-degree criminal misdemeanor.
When you are engaged in any maritime activity or aboard any pleasure watercraft, the injuries you sustain in an accident may be serious. From the risk of spinal cord damage from falling off of a jet ski to the potential for brain damage or death due to drowning, your life could be lost or permanently changed in a second when something goes wrong. You deserve full compensation for medical costs, wage loss, pain and suffering, emotional distress or other damages. We will help fight for your right to full and fair compensation.
Victims of boating or water sports accidents should be fully compensated for losses. Boat operators, boat manufacturers, tour operators, boat mechanics or water sports instructors are among the many individuals and companies who could potentially be held responsible if you get hurt while doing marine activities.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
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