If you or a loved one has been harmed in a boating accident in Florida, we will go above and beyond to achieve justice for you.
Our law firm represents people who have been injured in boating accidents. If you have been hurt, you may deserve financial compensation. If you lose a loved one, you may qualify to receive a monetary payment.
The Florida boating accident lawyers at Maderal Byrne & Furst PLLC represent victims and families in the claims process. We are an experienced team of Florida injury lawyers that includes former federal prosecutors. To see how we can help you, contact us. We value speaking with potential clients, and we are happy to discuss your situation.
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Lawyers for Boating Accidents, Serving Florida Statewide
There are more than one million recreational boats in Florida. With 825 miles of ocean shoreline and over 30,000 inland lakes, boating is a popular activity in the Sunshine State.
Unfortunately, accidents are common. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported 836 boating accidents in 2020. These accidents resulted in 79 fatalities. Injuries and death may occur. Injuries may result from blunt trauma, drowning, slip and fall, explosions, and exposure to fire.
Our lawyers help victims claim compensation. Whether you are a resident or a visitor to the State of Florida, we are proud to provide outstanding legal representation if you or a family member is harmed while boating. To see how we can help you, contact us today.
Rights for Boating Accident Victims in Florida
- People hurt in boating accidents may have the right to claim financial compensation.
- Most boating crashes are accidents. An accident may be the basis for compensation. Proof of intentional harm is not required.
- The boat operator, owner, or another party may be liable to pay damages if they are at fault.
- Damages may include medical bills, monetary losses, and intangible losses like suffering.
- To receive compensation, you must bring a legal claim.
- A lawyer can represent you throughout the process to receive compensation.
How our lawyers can help
Our boating accident lawyers can:
- Preserve evidence
- Investigate who may have legal fault
- Prove your right to compensation
- Identify injuries, damages, and the appropriate amount of compensation
- Handle the legal aspects of your case
- Negotiate your case or take it to trial
- Advise you throughout the case
We are experienced, trial lawyers. It’s our goal to work through the legal system efficiently while taking care of the many tasks that are important for a client to achieve results. We have successfully fought powerful insurance companies, large corporations, and other powerful defendants. To see how we can represent you, contact us today to discuss your situation.
Florida Boating Accident Laws
There is no minimum age to operate a boat in Florida. A boating safety course is required only for people born on or after January 1, 1998.
Despite that there are minimal licensing requirements and safety training required to operate boats and other watercraft, Florida boating accident laws do protect victims. The party or parties causing a crash may be required to pay damages. A claim may be based on negligence, recklessness, or intentional conduct. A violation of boating laws or regulations may provide evidence of wrongful conduct. Regulations may come from state and federal authority. Also, operators of boats owe a duty of care to other boaters and their passengers.
Note: We are licensed in both state and federal courts. Wherever it is appropriate to bring your claim, we can represent you.
Examples of Fault for a Boating Accident
Here are some reasons a party may be at fault for a boating accident:
- Speed violations
- Boating under the influence
- Unlawful mooring or fastening to a navigation aid or regulatory marker
- Operating a personal watercraft when not allowed
- Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Operating without required navigational lights
- Failing to use a divers-down warning device, flag, or buoy, or failing to stay away from divers
- Interfering with the navigation of others
- Reckless boating
- Poor boat maintenance
- Required equipment violations
- Failing to respond appropriately to dangerous conditions
- A boat being overweight
A party at fault may be a private boat owner or operator, or they may be a commercial operator. Victims may be hurt because of a problem with the boat that they are on, or they may be hurt because of another boat. Legal liability depends on the cause of the accident and whose actions contributed to the harm that occurred.
Boating Accident Case FAQs
What is the law in Florida for a boating accident with injuries?
The law in Florida for a boating accident with injuries is personal injury law. A victim may claim compensation based on legal fault like negligence, recklessness, or intentional harm. A victim may initiate their own claim to receive a monetary payment. They may seek economic and non-economic losses.
Who is responsible for a boating accident?
The responsible party for a boating accident is any party whose actions contributed to the crash. Fault may be complex, and fault may be shared among multiple parties. Our lawyers can evaluate your situation. We will use every lawful option to pursue your compensation.
What kind of lawyer handles boating accidents?
A lawyer who handles boating accidents is a civil personal injury lawyer. They represent the interests of their client to prove their right to compensation.
How do you get compensation for a boating accident?
You must prove that the defendant has legal liability based on negligence or another standard. You show how their actions caused the crash, what injuries you have, and what compensation you deserve as a result.
Our lawyers can represent you in everything needed to bring a claim for boating accident compensation.
Talk to a Florida Boating Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been in a boating accident, you can talk to a lawyer at Maderal Byrne & Furst today. We go above and beyond for our clients.
Call or send us a message today. We look forward to speaking with you.