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Our boat accident lawyers know that when negligence is a factor in our region’s waterways, coastlines, rivers, canals, streams, and other bodies of water, people are going to get hurt.

Our boat accident attorneys also know that water traffic — including some of the over 961,000 boats registered in the state that include fishing boats, charters, privately owned vessels, and large tour and ferry boats — all provide valuable services to our city’s over 24 million visitors each year.

The reality is, that boat accidents can occur just as quickly and without notice as vehicle collisions, and when they do, the outcome can be catastrophic.

If you have been injured in a boat accident or lost a loved one to boater negligence, contact our skilled personal injury attorneys today to discuss your case during a free consultation.

What are the Major Causes of Boat Accidents?

According to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Alcohol use was the leading known factor in fatal boating accidents throughout the state last year.

Intoxicated boaters accounted for 23% of all boat-related fatalities during that time.

Other major causes of boat accidents last year included:

  • Excessive speed
  • Lack of life jackets and/or safety gear
  • Operator inexperience
  • Distracted or careless operation
  • Obstructed vision
  • Running aground
  • Navigational errors
  • Overloading the vessel
  • Failing to appoint a proper lookout
  • Sharp turns
  • Colliding with objects or other vessels
  • Capsizing and/or sinking
  • Falls overboard
  • Standing or sitting in unauthorized areas
  • Slips and falls aboard the vessel
  • Force of waves/wake
  • Mechanical or equipment failures
  • Propeller accidents
  • Fires or explosions
  • Failing to recognize dangerous weather conditions
  • Electrocutions from stray currents

Boat accidents can occur on any type of vessel, and according to the Coast Guard some of the most common watercraft, including:

  • Cabin motorboats
  • Catamarans
  • Deck boats
  • Dinghy boats
  • Diving and snorkel boats
  • Fishing boats
  • Houseboats
  • Jet skis
  • Kayaks
  • Motorboats
  • Pontoon boats
  • Sailboats
  • Trawler boats
  • Yachts

No matter what type of vessel you are on, boating accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities without notice when negligence is a factor.

If this has happened to you, we want to help you pursue the negligent boater who caused your losses, so you can pursue the financial recovery to need to return to the quality of life you enjoyed before your injuries occurred.

Contact our boat accident attorneys today to learn more during a free consultation.

Who is Responsible for Boating Accidents?

Since boats are a form of motor vehicle, they share a lot of the same accident characteristics, including one or more impaired, distracted, or intoxicated operators who cause serious accidents.

Just as there may be more than one vehicle driver who shares responsibility for a car accident, there may also be multiple parties who are liable for a boat accident.

They may include:

  • Boat Operators
  • Boat Crew Members
  • Boat Owners
  • Boat Rental/Charter Companies
  • Boat Manufacturers
  • Boat Maintenance Crews

Depending on the type of boat you were on when the accident occurred, our skilled personal injury attorneys will review each of the potentially liable parties to pursue the best financial outcome for your unique case.

For instance, if you paid for a day on a charter/snorkeling boat, and the operator is recklessly driving the boat and causing an accident, the boat owner and management company may be liable for your injuries.

Our boat accident lawyers review each of our clients’ unique cases to ensure no detail is left to chance, so they can pursue the maximum financial outcome to get their lives back on track.

Contact Our Experienced Boat Accident Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation Today

If you were injured during a boat accident or lost a loved one to negligence on our waterways, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys to schedule a free consultation today by calling (786) 206-8807 to learn more about your financial recovery opportunities.

Our clients never pay for our services unless we successfully obtain financial compensation for their injuries. Contact us now to learn more.