Did you know boating accidents in 2011 caused over $27 million in damages?
Our state has great weather and beautiful waterways that attract tens of thousands of recreational boaters, jet skiers, anglers and wave runner operators to the water every week. Although there are many laws that govern safe boating on our lakes, rivers, Intracoastal waterways and offshore, hundreds of boating accident injuries and deaths occur each year. According to data compiled from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 67 people were killed and 431 seriously injured in the 742 boating accidents that were reported on the state’s waterways in 2011.
At Spohrer & Dodd, our boat accident lawyers in Jacksonville have vast experience in representing personal injury victims and litigating the most complex accident lawsuits. Unfortunately, Florida has very few requirements for boating instruction and many boaters find themselves at the helm of very fast, nimble personal watercraft without any specialized knowledge. In their eagerness to have fun, some boaters underestimate the dangers of watercraft as compared to operating their car or truck. Unfortunately, this lack of understanding of nautical rules and safety requirements coupled with limited skills can lead to tragic consequences.
Trial Attorneys for Personal Watercraft Litigations
There are many rules and regulations that govern the safe operation of personal watercraft. Yet, hundreds of serious accidents occur every year on Florida waterways. To obtain a recovery for damages, it is most important to determine the cause of a boating accident as well as the extent of liability. Unique maritime laws inherent to boating accidents often complicate the approach to a successful lawsuit. Our trial attorneys understand all aspects of personal watercraft litigations and represent victims for a variety of causes that can include:
- Aggressive or Reckless Driving
- Boating Under the Influence
- Improperly Trained Operator
- Operating at High Speed
- Collisions with Other Watercraft
- Overloading the Vessel
- Defective Safety Equipment
- Defective Design or Manufacturing
Since boaters in a personal watercraft accident have much less protection than those in a car, victims can be faced with major medical expenses for compound fractures, traumatic brain injuries, disfiguring lacerations or spinal cord injuries. Operators, passengers and the occupants of the other vessel who were injured due to a boater’s negligence or unreasonable actions may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and property damage as well as the pain and suffering related to the accident. In order to quickly resolve your claim and recover compensation for damages, your case should be investigated to its full potential and liability must be clearly established.
If you’ve been injured or have had a family member die in a boating accident, contact Spohrer & Dodd to discuss the details of your case. Our personal injury attorneys have the skills and resources to fight on your behalf and help you obtain a fair settlement for compensation of your injuries.