At MLG Injury, our boat accident attorneys in Florida know that our state’s extensive waterways and access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico lend themselves to spectacular sunset cruises for residents, guests, and tourists alike. To accommodate these special trips, there are thousands of charter services to assist in providing social media-worthy posts of the sun going down across the water.
In fact, a simple Google search for “sunset cruises in Florida” nets, according to the search engine, “About 19,900,000 results in 0.73 seconds.”
With so many options to choose from and innumerable companies that put safety first, others may not be as conscientious about who they hire, how well they maintain their boats, or their captain’s and/or crew’s behavior while they are on the water.
Unfortunately, any time negligence is a factor on any boat, people can get hurt or even killed.
Who is Liable for a Charter Boat Accident with Injuries in Florida?
Our Florida personal injury lawyers investigate each injury case we represent with the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to pursue results for each of our client’s unique needs.
In some cases that means there may be more than one party that is responsible for the boat collision, onboard accident, or another incident that led to our clients getting hurt.
That may include:
- Boat Operators
It is the Florida boat captain’s responsibility to ensure the boat is running properly, outfitted with the necessary life jackets and safety gear, does not exceed the maximum occupancy, and that all laws and safety protocols are followed when they are guiding guests on our waterways.
Common boat operator negligence may include, but is not limited to:
- Colliding with objects or other vessels
- Distracted or careless operation
- Excessive speed
- Failing to appoint a proper lookout
- Lack of lifejackets and/or safety gear
- Navigational errors
- Obstructed vision
- Operating a vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Overloading the vessel
- Running aground
- Sharp turns
If the boat captain or crew is responsible for your boat accident and injuries, their employer — if he, she, or they do not own the boat may also be responsible for the crash.
- Boat Owners and/or Charter Companies
Boat owners and charter companies often hire captains and crew to take people on Florida sunset tours for a fee.
When the boat owners or the clearinghouse that provides the support staff for boat owners fail to run background checks on their employees, neglect to verify their experience and credentials, avoid managing their employees to ensure they are providing the proper safety speeches, and are refraining from unsafe or illegal behavior, they too may be held liable for collisions, accidents, and injuries that occur.
- Boat Manufacturers
Design and manufacturing defects can cause boat accidents that are out of everyone on board’s control, but that lead to severe injuries or even death on our Florida waterways.
Each of these potentially liable parties will be investigated by our experienced boat accident attorneys in Florida, so no detail is left to chance while we pursue your personal injury claim for the best outcome available for your unique circumstances.
Have You Been Injured in a Boat Crash or Onboard Accident in Florida?
If you have been injured on a boat in Florida even if you know the boat’s owner contact our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524.
We will outline your complete injury needs and pursue the negligent party that caused your harm, so you can move forward with your recovery with confidence.