In Florida, many people use watercraft such as private vessels or commercial boats in order to enjoy Florida beaches. Boating accidents can make these outings to the ocean dangerous and potentially deadly. If you or a family or friend have been injured in a boating accident or boating collision, you may be eligible to file a claim for those injuries.
Boating accidents can be preventable.
Many accidents and collisions involving
boats are due to:
- Equipment Failure
- Inadequate Training
- Rough Weather and Water Conditions
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE IF YOU ARE INJURED IN A BOATING ACCIDENT?
Boating operators and boat owners must exhibit a great deal of responsibility and care in order to insure that boat passengers and persons aboard other boats are not injured. Under Florida law, if they fail to display responsibility, a boat owner can be held accountable for injuries or even death.
COMMON TYPES OF BOATING ACCIDENTS
Boating while intoxicated:
A boating accident that occurs as a result of the boat operator being under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing serious and permanent injury.
When two boats collide or when a boat collides with an object or person causing serious and permanent injury.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M INVOLVED IN A BOATING ACCIDENT?
- Report the accident to coastal authorities
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Contact an attorney for legal advice
If you have been involved in a boating accident, contact the Law Offices of Randy C. Botwinick today. Our firm will assist you in understanding your legal rights.