How Common are Boating Accidents?

Oct 15, 2019

With Florida’s beautiful coastline and thousands of miles of waterway, it is no surprise that boating, sailing, jet skiing, and yachting are popular recreational activities. Unfortunately, with this popularity comes the reality of injuries and deaths from boating accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident or death, contact our boating accident attorneys at Lawlor & Associates today for a free consultation. We will work diligently to protect your legal rights and to maximize your recovery.

Boating Accident Attorney

Under Florida law, boating operators and boat owners must display a great deal of responsibility and care to avoid accidents. However, Florida law does not require any yachting or boating instruction in order to operate a boat. Boating accident lawyers understand that many people operate boats, yachts, jet skis, or other personal watercraft without any specialized knowledge – but that does not mean that going on the water means that you assume the risks associated with boating activity.

In Florida, the operator of a boat, yacht, or jetski, and its owner, must exercise the highest degree of caution. If the driver or operator of a boat is not cautious, they may cause injuries to other passengers in the boat, surrounding vessels, or swimmers in the water. The most common causes of boating accidents are:

  • Driver or operator inexperience
  • Driver or operator inattention, such as failing to keep a lookout for other boats, objects, and people
  • Careless/reckless operation, such as excessive speed
  • DWI (driving while intoxicated)
  • Unfavorable water and/or weather conditions
  • Equipment failure

The Boating Accident Attorney at Lawlor & Associates, you will find experienced boat accident attorneys who will evaluate your boating accident case and help you explore your legal rights. Call us today for your free consultation. There is a time limit in which you can get damages and file a boat accident claim, called the statue of limitations. Call us before the statue of limitations run out.

Yacht and Ski Accident Claims

While Florida has over 10,000 miles of waterways, the boat accident attorneys at Lawlor & Associates know that as enjoyable as water recreation activities can be, they can cause very serious injuries. The most common types of boating accidents are collisions with other vessels or fixed objects. Every year, there are over a thousand reported boating accidents in Florida. The harm that they can cause is often severe, ranging from spinal cord injury, drowning, and even wrongful death. The legal rights applicable to your boating accident lawsuit will vary depending upon certain factors, such as your relationship to the vessel, and the events surrounding the accident.

How our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys can help

If you or a loved one has been in a boating accident, we can help. Our attorneys at Lawlor & Associates have experience with maritime law and will ensure that the maximum amount of damages and compensation available for your case will be retrieved. Please call us at 561-372-3500 for further assistance or fill out an online form today.