Boating Accidents

Fort Lauderdale Boat Accident Attorneys

Experienced Legal Support for Boating Accident Victims in Florida

Beautiful weather and miles of coastline make Florida a popular destination for boaters. As a result, Florida has one of the highest rates of boating accidents in the nation. Most of these accidents are the direct result of someone’s negligence.

You may have been hit by someone who was operating their boat while distracted, underage, or under the influence. Out-of-control watercraft can also injure swimmers, Jet Skiers, and other innocent victims who are simply enjoying a day on the water. Whatever the case, you deserve to be compensated for your damages.

We are here to help you file a claim after a boating accident. You could be able to recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical needs
  • Lost wages
  • Decreased earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Especially if your injuries were serious, your losses can quickly add up. Don’t face them alone—reach out to an experienced boat accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale to learn about your legal options with a personal injury lawsuit.

Our firm has over 50 years of experience and is ready to help you find justice after a boat accident. Start your claim today by calling our Fort Lauderdale office at (888) 499-6206.

The Dangers of Boating

Operating a Boat While Distracted

When operating a boat, it’s essential to stay alert and have your eyes on the water to ensure your passengers' safety. When distracted by texting or talking on the phone, it could impair your ability to make a quick decision when a dangerous situation arises.

Inexperienced Boat Operators

When it comes to boating, understanding the rules and regulations when out on the water is imperative for everyone’s safety. It’s also vital for boat operators to be trained and licensed before taking the steer. Understanding how to act quickly in an emergency situation, and how to navigate the waters with skill, can reduce the risk of being involved in a boating accident.

Drinking While Boating

Many boaters like to entertain on board, and coolers are often filled with beer and other types of alcohol. However, operating a boat under the influence of alcohol is a surefire way to be involved in a deadly accident. Keep your passengers safe and refrain from alcohol use when you are operating a boat.

How Boaters Can Stay Safe

Victims of boating accidents aren’t always physically on board —swimmers, jet skiers, or anyone participating in various water sports can be involved in a boating accident.

While it’s impossible to prevent a boating accident entirely, there are some things you can to stay safe on the water.

  • Keep boats well-maintained and functioning correctly.
  • Adhere to boat weight limits.
  • Ensure anyone operating the boat has a boating license.
  • Avoid speeding.
  • Go over safety rules and procedures with boat passengers.

It’s also important to have the following safety equipment easily accessible on board:

  • Life jackets
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Throwable flotation devices
  • Visual and sound signaling devices
  • First aid kits
  • Bailing buckets
  • Radio
  • Utility knife
  • Flashlights

Who Can Be Held Liable in a Boat Accident?

To recover damages after a boat accident, you must first be able to prove that the accident was the fault of another person or party. This means presenting evidence such as:

  • Witness statements
  • Photos of the accident damage
  • Accident report
  • Proof of a boat operator’s negligence or lack of fitness
  • Evidence of gear malfunction

Because they don’t leave a crash scene to investigate and often happen far from other parties, proof can be hard to find after a boat accident.

This is why you should reach out to an experienced law firm like Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. We can investigate your accident and preserve evidence to strengthen your claim. This is one of the most important things you can do to improve your chance of compensation.

Determining Liability in Fort Lauderdale Boating Accidents

Any party whose negligence contributed to a boating accident can be held liable for victims’ damages. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, liability may rest with a variety of parties.

Liability for Boat Operators and Companies in Florida

As a boat passenger, you expect the captain and crew to know what they’re doing and take all necessary steps to keep you safe. If they make mistakes, including not conducting safety checks or taking you out in conditions they’re not prepared for, you can file a claim against them.

If you’re injured while on a ride you paid for, you may find yourself filing a claim against a company rather than an individual. We can help with either type of case.

Accountability for Other Boat Operators and Watercraft

Boat operators are responsible for leaving enough space around themselves and others to prevent collisions or other accidents that may be caused by two craft being in close proximity.

Every boat owner or operator is responsible for knowing the rules and being able to safely use their craft. Anyone who gets distracted while piloting or loses control of their boat can seriously injure others—and, therefore, can and should be held accountable.

Claims Against Boat and Gear Manufacturers

Breakdowns are especially dangerous on the water, where passengers have no safe retreat and help may be far away. If a boat manufacturer or the company responsible for making parts or safety gear sells unsafe products, anyone who ends up injured due to an unexpected malfunction has the right to file a suit.

While these claims are rare, they can involve bringing a lawsuit against a big company—which means you need an experienced law firm like Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. to fight for you in such a situation.

Maximize Your Compensation with a Fort Lauderdale Boat Injury Attorney

Successfully recovering compensation after an accident is essential, especially if you were badly hurt. Few Americans have the resources to cover medical expenses. Especially if you have also missed work because of your accident, finding financial help can be one of the most pressing issues. Our attorneys are here to help you during this time, providing honest guidance and tough advocacy.

The sooner you reach out to us, the more we can do to find and preserve evidence and push back against any attempts the liable parties make to wiggle out of blame. In a free initial case evaluation, we will listen to your story and your needs.

Then, we will share how we can help you. Our team is known for our compassionate service and personalized attention to each client and case. Reach out today to see why Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. is known for providing top-tier representation to accident victims.

Our team has extensive experience helping individuals like you after boat accidents. Contact us today at (888) 499-6206 if you’re ready to recover compensation for your damages.

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