Jacksonville Boating Accident Attorneys
How To Recover Complete Compensation After A Boat Accident
Florida 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 watercraft accidents, 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.
If you were harmed in a boating accident in Florida, call 888-577-8705 to speak with us about your legal rights.
What Our Firm Can Do For You
At Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys, our Jacksonville boat accident lawyers have vast experience in representing personal injury victims and litigating the most complex accident lawsuits. 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 cases and represent victims for a variety of causes that can include:
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Boating under the influence
- Improperly trained boat operator
- Operating at high speed
- Collisions with other watercraft
- Overloading the vessel
- Defective safety equipment
- Defective watercraft design or manufacturing
Lack Of Boating Laws In Florida
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.
Recovering Compensation For Serious Injuries
Yet, hundreds of serious accidents occur every year on Florida waterways. 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.
Contact A Jacksonville Boat Accident Lawyer Today!
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 boat or another watercraft accident, contact Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys to discuss the details of your case. Our Jacksonville boating accident attorneys have the skills and resources to fight on your behalf and help you obtain a fair settlement for compensation of your injuries.
Call our team today at 888-577-8705 for your free consultation.