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 passing another vessel
In order for a victim to recover for their injuries, causation must be established. In other words, 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 very important as different law applies to different areas.
Accidents that happen close to the Florida shoreline will likely be handled under Florida or federal law. However, an accident that occurs further away from the shore may be subject to maritime law.
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