Florida is a beautiful region for those who enjoy boating and recreational water sports. Just like when drivers operate a motor vehicle, boaters must act with a reasonable duty of care while driving their vessel. When they fail to do so, boating accidents can occur.
A Tampa boating accident lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can fight for compensation from the negligent party that caused your injuries and other damages. You can trust the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to go the extra mile to resolve your accident claim.
Boating accident injuries and compensation
A collision or other type of boating accident can cause serious injuries to those involved. Boating accidents can result in:
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Head injuries and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Back and spinal injuries
- Cuts, burns, and sprains
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
These and other injuries can leave victims unable to work and keep up with regular household expenses while amassing expensive medical bills at the same time. If someone else caused your accident, it is unfair that you should have to face these costs alone.
A Tampa boating accident lawyer can assist you with an insurance claim or lawsuit
If you need compensation to pay for your medical bills and other expenses resulting from your injuries, you will have to file a claim with the responsible party’s liability insurance provider. However, boating insurance is not required in Florida. If the person liable for your injuries is not covered, your only option for seeking damages may be through a personal injury lawsuit.
A boating accident attorney from our firm can help you fight for awards to compensate you for:
- Accident-related medical care you have already received
- Future necessary medical treatment, including physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Damages to your vessel or other personal property
- Lost wages and future loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain and mental anguish
- Injury-related reductions in your quality of life
- Awards on behalf of a deceased loved one
- Survivor benefits if your loved one died because of a boating accident
Boating accident liability
Boating accidents can happen because of a collision involving two or more vessels, but another boat’s wake also can create dangerous conditions. If you were operating your vessel and another boat crashed into you or caused your boat to wreck or capsize, they could owe you compensation.
If you were the passenger on another party’s boat when an accident occurred, the driver/owner of the boat could owe you compensation if their negligent driving caused your injuries. They could also be liable if their boat was not outfitted with the appropriate Coast Guard required safety equipment, as mandated by Florida Statutes 327.50.
Boat operators must follow state laws and regulations
In addition to obeying maritime laws, boaters must also obey the laws set forth by the state of Florida. If the boat operator who caused your crash violated rules and regulations, especially those related to boating safety, their behavior could be proof of negligence.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), anyone born after January 1, 1988, must complete an approved boater safety course and acquire a Florida Boating Safety ID Card before operating a vessel with a 10-horsepower engine or more. Other regulations state:
- Boaters must operate their vessels responsibly and safely. This includes obeying posted restrictions and regarding vessel traffic.
- Boaters who operate their vessel with a willful disregard for safety will receive a misdemeanor citation for recklessness.
- Boaters must obey federal navigation rules.
- A vessel cannot create an excessive wake that could cause harm to others. Operators must obey posted “no-wake” and “minimum-wake” speed zones.
- It is against the law to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher is above the legal limit. The legal limit for boat operators under 21 years of age is 0.02. Vessel operators suspected of being above the legal limit must submit to a sobriety test.
- Boat operators involved in an accident must not leave the scene without providing necessary aid to those involved.
- Boaters must immediately report accidents involving death, injury, or personal property damages of $2,000 or more to their local law enforcement agency and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
If the boat operator responsible for your injuries broke these or any other laws or otherwise acted negligently or recklessly, a Tampa boating accident lawyer with our firm can help you pursue financial awards.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will help you through every step of your case
Whether we settle your case outside of court or through a lawsuit if necessary, a Tampa boating accident lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will exhaust every avenue of pursuing compensation available in your case.
We have helped thousands of Florida accident victims achieve a successful outcome for their accident claims. We will use our knowledge of personal injury and maritime law to help you prove another party owes you compensation. If we do not win financial awards for you, you pay us nothing.
Call our offices at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation. Because of time restrictions set by the statute of limitations, it is important to get started on your case while you are still eligible to take legal action. Florida Statutes 95.11 gives plaintiffs four years to sue for personal injury and two years to sue for wrongful death.