If you or someone you care about was involved in a boating accident recently, we encourage you to call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. Our team has represented many boat accident victims over the years. In that time, we helped them collect the damages they deserved. Call us at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation with a boat accident lawyer in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Common Causes of Boat Accidents in West Palm Beach
Collisions are the leading cause of boat accidents, but boat accidents occur in a variety of situations for various reasons. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can represent you in West Palm Beach boat accidents with a variety of causes. The following is a list of common causes of boat accidents and injuries in which our firm can offer its services:
- Collisions with other vessels
- Striking submerged objects
- Collisions with fixed objects
- Passengers who fall overboard
- Grounded vessels
- Hitting large waves
- Defective boat designs
- Poorly repaired boats
- Overcrowded and overloaded boats
- Substance abuse
These accidents result in wide-ranging injuries and sometimes death. Common injuries include broken bones, lacerations, neck and back injuries, contusions, and in some cases, even drowning. All these injuries come with their own recovery periods and concerns. And considering the stress of the situation, it is often difficult to gather yourself. This leaves many boating accident victims unsure of what to do in the aftermath. Contacting a personal injury lawyer can be a great first step.
After a West Palm Beach Boating Accident
Everyone knows what to do after car accidents, but it is not quite as clear when it comes to boating. You should approach boat accidents similarly to how you would respond to car accidents:
- Do not leave the scene of the accident
- Help anyone who may have fallen off your boat get back onboard
- Tend to anyone who suffered injuries on your boat
- Help anyone who may have fallen off another vessel
- Collect the name, address, and phone number of other boaters involved
- Collect names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses
- Collect the registration and insurance information from the other boat
As you can see, this is very similar to standard protocols after car accidents. But you may notice that we did not mention calling the authorities. You are not necessarily required to report your accident. However, reporting it can strengthen your case. If you were not at fault, a report from the U.S. Coast Guard corroborating your account could help a potential personal injury claim.
Reporting a Boat Accident in West Palm Beach, FL
That said, there are a few instances when you must report your accidents. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, you must report your boating accident to authorities in the following cases:
- A person dies
- A person disappears from the vessel under circumstances that indicate death or injury
- A person is injured and requires medical treatment beyond first aid
- Damage to vessels and other property totals $2,000
- The accident destroys the boat
Taking the appropriate steps after your West Palm Beach boat accident could impact your injury claim if you choose to file one. Particularly if you receive an official report from the U.S. Coast Guard. But there is still more to consider once you have completed the above steps.
Damages to Collect from a Boat Accident
If you or someone you care about was involved in a West Palm Beach boat accident, there are some damages you can collect. Our firm will help you determine what your case is worth as well as fight on your behalf for:
Boating accidents are often very incidents requiring significant repairs. In some cases, your boating accident may leave your vessel inoperable. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will seek the full value to replace your boat.
Because boating accidents are often so serious, the resulting medical expenses are often expensive. Our firm will seek the cost of ambulance bills, medication, therapy and more.
Many boating accident victims must miss time at work due to their injuries. Our firm will seek those damages on your behalf if that is the case. Also, if your injury is severe enough to force you out of work, we can seek lost earning potential damages as well.
Contact a West Palm Beach Boat Accident Lawyer
While hiring a personal injury attorney is not something you necessarily have to do following a boating accident, it could potentially help your case. And we believe the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help in your pursuit of damages and proving fault.
Boating accidents are very serious events. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine offer free consultations so you can make an educated decision about a personal injury claim.
We also do not require payment unless you collect a settlement. Our team will closely examine the details of your case and offer our earnest recommendations. Call us at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule your free consultation.