Florida Boating Accident Lawyer
Florida is famous for its beautiful beaches, its ocean views and the Intracoastal Waterway. Because of the thousands of miles of navigable waters, boating is a popular recreational activity. Many people take their boats out to enjoy weekend afternoons with family. Additionally, Florida is a destination for tourists who want to engage in water-related activities. People flock to the Sunshine State to rent pontoon boats, personal watercraft and other recreational craft.
Unfortunately, with so many people on the water, accidents happen. A distracted boat operator can turn a pleasant day on the water into a catastrophic nightmare. When another person’s negligence results in a severe injury or worse, you need me, an experienced Florida boating accident attorney, advocating for your rights.
If you or a loved one was an innocent victim in a boating or water-related accident, contact my firm, Jared Newman, Esq., as soon as possible. I am Jared Newman, and I’m familiar with Florida state and maritime law. I understand the steps necessary to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call me at 954-281-7709 to schedule a free appointment.
How Are People Injured In Florida Boating Accidents?
While boating is a fun and relaxing recreational activity, there are many ways in which people can get hurt while on or near a boat. Many accidents occur when a boat operator is distracted or not paying attention to what they are doing. This is often exacerbated if the operator is inexperienced or drinking. Some people become too comfortable while out on the water.
Another common cause of accidents and injuries on Florida waterways is boats or other watercraft traveling at excessive speeds. Operators might not see swimmers or water skiers who are partially submerged. They might also be unable to avoid a collision because the vessel does not respond quickly.
Weather is another cause of concern. Boaters need to be familiar with the daily weather. Failing to consult a forecast can prove disastrous. A sudden storm can result in large swells or waves that increase the risk of operating a boat. Inexperienced boaters often struggle with severe weather conditions.
Just like a car owner, a boat owner should make sure that their vessel is routinely inspected and repaired so that it is in good working condition. When operating a boat, extra attention should be focused on ensuring that all safety features are maintained, including keeping the proper life jackets and fire extinguishers onboard.
Florida is a tourist destination. Many people rent pontoon boats, personal watercraft or other recreational watercraft. When rental companies fail to maintain these vessels, accidents can occur. Likewise, many tourists do not comply with safety rules or otherwise engage in reckless conduct that endangers themselves and others.
When an accident is caused by another’s negligence or carelessness, they should be held accountable for any harm that occurs.
Liability For Damages And Injuries Suffered In Florida Boating Accidents
Who could be held liable for your boating accident injuries depends on what occurred. In many cases, the operator of the vessel is the obvious person who should be held accountable. For example, if another boat collided with yours, you could have a claim against the other operator. If you can establish that the other operator was negligent, you could obtain financial compensation from the operator or their insurance provider.
Boating accidents and injuries involve more than just collisions. Some injuries occur when a boat malfunctions. If this happens, the owner could be held liable if they failed to maintain their vessel and keep it in a safe condition. However, if the problem was a design flaw or manufacturing defect, the company that built the boat could be held accountable.
Passengers can also hurt other passengers when their conduct is reckless or careless. For example, it is easy for a passenger who has been drinking too much to push someone overboard.
Boat operators can also be held liable without physically touching another boat or passenger. For example, if an operator creates a wake that damages another vessel or injures a water-skier or someone on a personal watercraft, they can be held financially responsible for any damages.
If you rented a boat or joined an excursion, the business can be held liable if it failed to maintain its fleet or equipment. Additionally, if the business hired unqualified employees, it can be held responsible if their actions caused an injury.
Damages Available In A Florida Boating Accident
When someone files a personal injury lawsuit after a boating accident, they are seeking financial compensation for their injuries and damages. The damages available are similar to any other personal injury case.
Compensatory damages are usually split into two categories: economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages available in a boating injury case include medical bills, lost income, medication costs and any other out-of-pocket expenses that the victim incurred because of the injury. It is important to remember that you could recover for future damages, such as required medical treatments and therapy or the income you will lose because the injury diminished your earning capacity.
Noneconomic damages are the intangible harm someone suffers. For instance, an accident victim could receive monetary compensation if they suffer from anxiety, insomnia or depression, or if their ability to enjoy life has been adversely impacted. I will gather evidence to support your noneconomic damages.
Call My Firm For A Free Consultation
Boating accidents often leave victims with life-altering injuries. Medical bills will continue to pile up while an injured person misses work. When an injury results from the negligence or recklessness of another party, they should be held financially liable for any damages incurred. I provide injured victims with professional and aggressive legal representation. To discuss your legal options, call Jared Newman, Esq., at 954-281-7709.