Be Prepared When Boating in Florida

What Are Victim’s Rights After A Florida Boating Injury?

Can You Get a Settlement from Boat Accidents?

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Be Prepared When Boating In Florida

Boating is a popular activity in Florida because it allows us to enjoy the water that surrounds us. But when the sun’s out and the boats are out, it’s important to remember that there might be others who are not as responsible as you are. The restrictions for operating watercraft in Florida are fewer. There is no minimum age for operating a boat and the majority of people do not require a boating license, formal training or water safety lessons to operate watercraft. This increases the chances of boating accidents. It’s important for you to know your rights if a boating accident impacts you. That could be if you’re the boater and someone hits you or you are simply a guest aboard someone else’s boat. 

What Are Victim’s Rights After A Florida Boating Injury?

Florida holds the title of “The Boating Capital of the World”, and topped the nation with more than 1 million registered vessels in the year 2022. This number is growing as thousands of new residents move to Florida each year. More boats mean more accidents, with rising injuries and even deaths. Boat crashes involve costs of damage to docks, surrounding property, and even local wildlife. If a boating accident has hurt you or cost you money, you might get paid back. The legal team at The Lewis Law Group, P.A., with more than four decades of experience, can help those harmed in boating mishaps by managing claims related to injuries, fatalities, and property damage. 

Victims may face various expenses, including:

  • Costs for emergency services, healthcare, loss of income, and ongoing care
  • Compensation for pain and suffering
  • Legal fees
  • Funeral costs if there's a death involved.

Can You Get a Settlement from Boat Accidents?

In 2022, Florida’s waterways had 735 boating accidents, resulting in 65 deaths. Although some of these incidents may be beyond operator control, such as harsh weather conditions, most are the result of negligent boat operators. Some leading causes of boating accidents are:

  • Inexperience
  • Lack of attention
  • Careless operation
  • Poor maintenance
  • Failure to yield
  • Speeding

At The Lewis Law Group, P.A., we're here to help you with all kinds of boating incidents, including: 

  • Airboat accidents
  • Boat tender accidents
  • BUI accidents
  • Boat maintenance-caused accidents
  • Jet ski accidents
  • Wakeboarding accidents
  • Water skiing accidents
  • Kayak or canoe accidents
  • Inflatable boat accidents or
  • Other personal or rented watercraft accidents 

Responsibility for a boating mishap may lie with multiple parties—boat drivers/operators, crew, boat owners, rental operators and many other individuals and companies involved in the boating industry. Boating accidents are very complex. Each route to a settlement is distinct. Let us help you define the elements of your case that will assist you in gaining your maximum compensation.

How The Lewis Law Group, P.A. Can Help You

Pursuing legal action after a boating accident can be daunting, especially if it involves someone you know. The Lewis Law Group, P.A. is here for you. During our initial free initial consultation, we'll explain your legal options and how the case may play out in court. We'll also discuss the potential outcomes on the person responsible. Contact us to get started on the path to restitution.