Boating Accident

Justice and compensation for boat accident

With more than 1,300 miles of coastline, as well as its many lakes and tributaries throughout the state, Florida is often referred to as the “boating capital of the world”. With its perpetual sunny and clear climate, boating in Florida is a year-round water sport enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Nothing compares to spending a day out on a boat with loved ones and friends, creating memories and sharing the joys of Florida’s waterways. Yet, a day on the water can quickly turn into tragedy when a boating accident occurs.

Contributing Factors of Boating Accidents

While Florida leads the nation in total number of registered boats, unfortunately,it also leads the nation in the total number of boating accidents, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FFWCC) 2016 Boating Accidents Summary and Statistics Report. In 2016, nearly 70% of the reportable boating accidents in Florida resulted in injury, even death. The attorneys at Action Legal Group understand the many complex issues victims and their loved ones face after a boating accident, and have years of experience in successfully handling boating accident claims. If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a boating accident, please call the attorneys at Action Legal Group today for a free consultation

A boating accident can occur for many reasons, and often times it simply occurs due to the boat operator’s negligence. According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), in 2016, the top two contributing factors of boating accidents resulting in injury or death were “operator inattention” and “operator inexperience”. Most of these boating accidents could have been prevented had the operator acted responsibly by obeyingthe “navigational rules of the road” on waterways, and practiced reasonable and prudent boating safety. Other causes of boating accidents, include:

  • Improper lookout
  • Excessive Speed
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Navigation rules violation
  • Restricted vision
  • Collision with another vessel or stationary object
  • Inadequate onboard navigation lights
  • Failure to heed hazardous weather or water conditions
  • Failure of boat or boat equipment
  • Overloading or passenger overcrowding

Types of Injuries Sustained in Boating Accidents

As the list above illustrates, a boating accident can occur for a variety of reasons, and the injuries sustained from these type of accidents can be just as varied as well asdevastating for victims and their loved ones. Among the most common types of injuries seen in boating accidents are:

  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Internal injuries
  • Loss of limb
  • Hypothermia
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • “Non-fatal drowning”, or oxygen deprivation leading to permanent brain damage

Sadly, the leading cause of death in a boating accident is from drowning, most commonly due to lack of a personal flotation device when falling overboard, capsizing or being thrown from the boat due to collision or grounding.According to the USCG, over 75% of boating accident deaths due to drowning took place on vessels where the operator had no safety instruction training.

Boating Accident Compensation

No matter the cause of the boating accident, or the type of injuries sustained, it is critical to contact an attorney as quickly as possible so that you may be fully and fairly compensated. The attorneys at Action Legal Group have seen many types of boating accidents and the devastating injuries that often result. We understand the long-term physical and financial consequences victims face, and we will diligently fight for the compensation and justice you deserve. The types of compensation you may be entitled to may include:

  • Payment for current and future medical bills, which may include rehabilitative physical therapy
  • Loss of income during recovery
  • Property damages
  • Compensation for pain and suffering

Types of Marines Vessels

The attorneys at Action Legal Group have years of experience both in maritime law and personal injury related to accidents occurring on waterways, and have successfully represented victims injured in accidents involving many types of marine vessels, including:

  • Motorboats, both open and cabin
  • Personal watercraft such as jet skis
  • Sailboats
  • Canoes, kayaks, rowboats
  • Sailboats
  • Pontoons and houseboats
  • Airboats
  • Stand-up paddleboards
  • Inflatable watercrafts, such as tow-behinds

Action Legal Group Can Help You

If you, or a loved one, have been injured due to a boating accident, or any other type of accident involving a marine vessel, as a passenger or as an innocent by-stander, please contact Action Legal Group today for a free, no-obligation and confidential consultation. We will review your case in detail, and advise you of your legal options.

A boating accident can be life changing, leaving victims with long-term or permanent injuries, and an uncertain financial future. The boating accident attorneys at Action Legal Group will fight for you, to ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.Please call Action Legal Group today. We can help you.

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