West Palm Beach boating accident attorney protecting the rights of the injured
Florida's lakes, streams and waterways provide some of the best boating opportunities and experiences in the country. In Florida alone, there are more than 900,000 registered vessels. While boating in the Atlantic, in the Intercoastal Waterway or in a canal, lake or stream can be a joyous occasion, there is a dark side to operating watercraft. Florida leads the nation in the number of boating accidents and fatalities, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision. Speeding, reckless operation, alcohol use and bad weather can all lead to serious injuries or an accidental drowning on the water.
In 2011, there were 742 boating accidents that caused 67 fatalities, according to a wildlife commission report. Because of the risks involved in boating, Florida law requires boat operators to take certain precautions to keep themselves and their passengers safe.
How an attorney can protect your rights
If you've been injured as a result of another's negligence on the water, or a loved one was hurt or killed, contact an experienced boat accident attorney. Se habla Español.
If you were injured, we can examine the accident and determine liability. The operator may have been drinking or acting recklessly. In some cases, a defective product or equipment failure may be a contributing factor. We thoroughly gather evidence and collect witness statements in pursuing a boating accident lawsuit.
Safety tips to reduce risks of boating accidents
- Stay sober while operating a boat. You can be charged with boating under the influence if you exceed the legal limit.
- Check the weather forecast before heading out for a boat trip.
- Keep your boat under the maximum capacity. Overloaded boats can be dangerous.
- Keep a floatation device for each passenger on board.
- Complete a course on boating safety.
- Inspect your boat from stem to stern before you head out.
- Be cautious of propeller safety, especially if children are on board.
- Keep a fire extinguisher on your boat; you may need to put out a fire, even on the water.
How a boating accident attorney can help
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of another's negligence on the water, you may be entitled to compensation. The negligent party may be responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, as well as other financial and possibly emotional damages. If the accident was caused by a defective product or equipment failure, you may be entitled to a product liability case. Let a West Palm Beach boating accident lawyer help determine who is at fault in your accident. Call (800) 608-2965 today to see how we can help.