The Florida coastline is home to some of the most magnificent beaches and waterways making it one of the best places to spend a day out on the boat or in the water. While many people flock to oceans, lakes and rivers for a day of fun and sun, the water can be a dangerous place. Boats, Jetskis, cruise ships, wave runners and other watercrafts can be involved in accidents that can lead to serious injury and even death. Boating accidents are a leading cause of death in the South Florida region.
Among others, boating accidents can include:
- Collisions between watercrafts
- Slip or trip and falls on boats
- Boats that strike swimmers and divers
- Diving injuries
- Marina accidents
- Drug use
- Equipment failure
- Lack of proper lighting
- Reckless or careless operation
- Inexperienced operation
- Operator inattention
- Excessive speed
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reported that for the year 2009, Florida was the number one state for boating fatalities with the number of yearly fatalities continuing to rise. The most frequent type of fatality in 2009 was a fall overboard with drowning as the cause of death. The Commission concluded that the primary cause of accident for 2010 was alcohol use. According to the Commission, head injuries, broken bones and lacerations are the most common boating injuries. Other injuries can include brain trauma, spinal cord injuries or even death.
It is important to understand that the owner or captain of the boat has a duty to keep his or her passengers safe while they are aboard the vessel. Captains are expected to navigate the waters safely, and to not put their passengers and other vessels’ passengers in danger. Negligent captains are liable for any injuries their careless and reckless actions have caused others. However, surrounding circumstances have a heavy impact on the claim to be brought and the rights of the victim. If you have been injured in a boating accident as a result of someone else’s negligent actions, it is important that you call the Miami boat accident lawyers at Friedland | Carmona today. The attorneys will meet with you to review the facts of your case and your medical records and advise you of your rights. If you have been injured as the result of a boating accident you are entitled to damages to cover medical expenses, past and future lost income, pain and suffering and any scarring or disfigurement the accident has caused.
Jonathan R. Friedland has been handling boating accident cases in the state of Florida for over twenty years and has a track record of success. He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. You should not suffer as a result of someone else’s negligence. Let Jonathan Friedland and the Florida boat attorneys at Friedland | Carmona fight for the recovery you deserve!
Call Friedland | Carmona at 305-661-2008 or fill out the contact information to your left to receive your FREE consultation; Mr. Friedland will meet with you and your family to discuss your options and advise you as to what actions need to be taken. Many victims never get the settlement they deserve because they are unsure if they have a claim. Don’t hesitate—Contact the Coral Gables boat accident lawyers at Friedland | Carmona today! Let our family take care of your family!