Florida had 662 recreational boating accidents in 2012, causing 50 deaths and countless injuries to both boat operators and passengers aboard the vessel. These accidents occur because people fail to grasp the inherent danger of a pleasure watercraft as compared to an automobile. Florida, however, does not require courses to instruct boat operators born prior to January 1, 1988 and most who do take the course opt for an online class.
This leaves many people behind the wheel of a boat without the specialized knowledge of that vessels handling when on the water. Nor do they know the proper rules of etiquette for when another pleasure watercraft is on the approach.
As Florida boat accident attorneys, this leaves the Hunter Law, P.A. team in the unfortunate position of handling personal injury cases involving:
- Cabin cruisers.
- Stand Up Paddleboards.
- Center console fishing boats.
- PWC’s; Jet Skis and Wave Runners.
- Zodiac inflatable and semi-rigid inflatable boats.
Boating accidents we frequently see include collisions with other pleasure watercraft, collisions with fixed objects, mishaps when towing a passenger on a tube or skis, falling overboard or capsizing. Legal rights which apply to your claim will vary upon your relationship to the watercraft, as well as the events leading up to and immediately after the incident.
It is important to receive the advice of an attorney that can walk you through the complexity of maritime law to make sure the maximum amount of damages will be received.