Boating can be dangerous, especially if there are boaters on the water behaving recklessly. When a reckless or negligent boater causes an accident, the victim may be entitled to compensation.
If a boating accident caused you or a loved one harm, a Sarasota boating accident lawyer can help you seek compensation for your injuries, damaged property, and more. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to speak with our team about pursuing financial awards.
You Can Seek Awards to Help with Your Recovery
Boating accidents can result in severe and lasting physical, financial, emotional, and mental harm. If another person’s negligence caused your accident, you should not have to face the consequences alone.
A Sarasota boating accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you fight for compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced future earning abilities
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
Boat Owner’s Insurance Coverage
You can seek a settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance provider. However, Florida law does not require boating insurance. Some homeowners and renters insurance policies may cover small boats, but most do not include a liability policy.
Usually, boat operators must purchase additional bodily injury liability coverage to pay for injuries they cause to another party.
We Can Determine the Coverage Available
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you determine if the party liable for your boating accident is insured. We can help you move forward with your claims.
Do not let anyone pressure you into accepting an inadequate insurance deal. We can help you negotiate a settlement that helps you pay for your losses. If an uninsured boater caused your injuries, we can help you explore other options you may have for recovering your damages.
Call us today at 1-800-747-3733.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Can Work for You
Let a boating accident lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine take the burden and stress off you and your family. We understand that you have bills to pay and mounting medical expenses. We can take care of the legal work—you take care of yourself and your loved ones.
You do not have time to waste but filing claims and haggling with lawyers seems like a daunting task. Our team can deal with the insurance companies and much more. Our lawyers can:
- File claims and other paperwork
- Seek out and speak to witnesses
- Consult boating accident experts
- Obtain accident reports and medical records
Once we take on your case, we will handle every aspect of it for you.
We Can Help You File a Lawsuit On Time
According to Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a), you generally have four years from the accident date to file a lawsuit for compensation. If you miss this deadline, you might forfeit your right to seek awards for your injuries in the future.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you build your case and get it filed on time to comply with this statute of limitations.
Liability in Sarasota Boating Accidents
All boaters have responsibilities when on the water, including:
- Operating their vessel responsibly to keep others safe
- Obeying posted restrictions
- Being aware of “divers-down” flags and other indications that people are in the water
- Being aware of traffic involving other vessels
- Obeying Federal Navigation Rules
Driving a Boat While Under the Influence
It is illegal for Florida boaters to operate a vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Boaters suspected of impaired driving must submit to a sobriety test. If a boater has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher, they are legally intoxicated.
Anyone operating a vessel under age 21 with a BAC of 0.02 or higher is also above the legal limit.
Intoxication, breaking boating laws, and reckless driving are all examples of negligence. Proving another party’s negligence led to your injuries and damages is the basis of any personal injury case. If you believe another person’s actions caused your accident, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine.
Boating Accidents Can Cause Severe Injuries
In 2018, the U.S. Coast Guard (USGC) recorded 633 fatalities, 2,511 injuries, and $46 million in damaged property from recreational boating accidents.
When two boats collide, the jolt can throw passengers against the vessel or into the water. Just like in a vehicle accident, the impact can cause severe bodily harm and property damage.
However, not all boating accident injuries result from a collision, and a reckless boater does not have to hit your vessel to cause damage. Wakes and waves created by other boaters can lead to boating accidents.
If another boater’s dangerous driving created unsafe conditions, it could be enough to prove they are liable for your accident.
Types of Injuries in a Boating Accident
Boating accident victims may suffer from head, neck, and back injuries, all of which can result in lifelong complications, including:
- Coordination issues
- Memory loss
- Speech problems
- Behavior issues
- Chronic pain
- Limited range of motion
- Nerve damage
- Muscle weakness
- Mental health issues
- Total or partial paralysis
Healing may require expensive medical intervention, including medications, injections, or even surgery. A lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you recover these costs through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. You should not have to suffer further from an injury that you did not cause.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today for Help
Let a Sarasota boating accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine take on your case. We can handle the liable party’s insurance company and legal team. If it comes down to it, we can even file a lawsuit against the negligent party on your behalf.
You worry about getting better. We take care of everything else.
Along the way, our team members will always make themselves available to answer your questions, update you on your case, and respond to calls and emails. Call our offices at 1-800-747-3733 to get started.
We Can Help.