In Florida, a victim of a boating accident may be able to recover for their injuries. Typically, most boating accident lawsuits are filed under a cause of negligence. An operator may be considered negligent for:
- Overcrowding the vessel
- Failing to carry proper safety equipment
- Boating in heavy weather with may cause a passenger to fall overboard
- Hitting a large wave at an excessive rate of speed
- Operating the vessel at an excessive rate of speed
- Collisions with another boat, channel marker, or any other fixed object
- Improperly pass another vessel
In order for a victim to recover for their injuries, the injuries must be directly linked to the accident itself. It is important that you seek an attorney immediately after a boating accident occurs so evidence may be collected to support the victim’s negligence claim.
The party liable for the victim’s claim depends on their status on the vessel, regarding whether they owned the vessel, operated it, or were an employee or guest on the vessel. Additionally, the location of the accident is important. Accidents that happen close to the Florida shoreline will likely be handled under Florida and federal law. However, an accident that occurs further away from the shore may be subject to maritime law.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, please call us for a free consultation to ensure your rights as a victim are protected.