Boating Accidents

Boating Accidents are common in Florida

Florida is the boating capital of the United States. Surrounded by ocean, dotted by lakes and crisscrossed with rivers, Central Florida can be a boater’s paradise; from fishing for bass in a jon boat on a pond near your house or relaxing on a lake in a pontoon boat to zipping up the intercoastal in cabin cruiser. With so many things to do on the water it’s inevitable to also have accidents. Florida also leads the nation in boating accidents, injuries, and litigation.

If you or someone you love was involved in a boat accident in or around Central Florida then call us now. Every second counts in a personal injury case. Our lawyers specialize in all areas of personal injury law including boat accidents.

Hurt in a Boating Accident?

If you were injured in boat accident Fighter Law can help. Our personal injury attorneys have unique expertise in the field of car and maritime accidents. Boat crashes and mishaps can happen for a number of reasons including: operator under the influence, inexperienced operator, mechanical failure, and more.

The US Coast Guard considers the following reportable boat or maritime crash examples in its 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics:

  • Grounding, capsizing, sinking, or flooding/swamping

  • Falls in or overboard a vessel

  • Persons ejected from a vessel

  • Fire or explosions that occur while underway and while anchored, moored or docked if the fire resulted from the vessel or vessel equipment.

  • Water-skiing or other mishap involving a towable device

  • Collision with another vessel or object

  • Striking a submerged object

  • A person struck by a vessel, propeller, propulsion unit, or steering machinery

  • Carbon monoxide exposure

  • Electrocution due to stray current related to a vessel

  • Casualties while swimming from a vessel that is not anchored, moored, or docked

  • Casualties where natural causes served as a contributing factor in the death of an individual but the determined cause of death was drowning

  • Casualties from natural phenomena such as interaction with marine life and interaction with nature

  • Casualties where a person falls off an anchored vessel

  • Casualties that result when a person departs an anchored, disabled vessel to make repairs, such as unfouling an anchor or cleaning out the intake of a jet-propelled vessel

Incredible access to waterways in Florida can results in inexperienced people operating vessels and putting others in danger. Many times individuals involved in maritime accidents lack any basic water safety knowledge. Bystanders and passengers involved in boating accidents can sue. If you were hurt on the water in a boat accident, you have rights.

Settlements in Boat Accidents

Don’t let someone else’s negligence ruin your life. If you were involved in a boating accident in Florida, you may be entitled to a cash settlement. This cash award helps pay for lost wages, medical bills (now and in the future), and pain and suffering.