Every year, thousands of locals and visitors flock to the Florida coastlines to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and other water sports and activities. One of the most popular of the water activities in central Florida is boating. The geographical landscape of Florida’s beaches, lakes, and waterways offers boating enthusiasts numerous ways to enjoy the warm, tropical weather of the coast while engaging in their favorite boating sport or hobby. However, the popularity and frequent use of Florida’s waterways means more boating injuries, accidents, and fatalities every year.
Victims of a boating accident in Central Florida can sustain minor injuries like cuts and bruises, or more severe personal injuries such as broken bones, concussions, or head trauma. There are different types of boating accidents that can cause individuals to sustain personal injury from boating. Some of these include:
Collision with other boats and or recreational vehicles
Most people in boats or on water vehicles should not expect to be the only ones in the water. All recreational boaters frequently navigate the same waterways; therefore, distracted driving or poor steering skills can cause a collision with another boat. A victim of a boating accident may be especially entitled to damages if the at-fault party is found to have been intoxicated, or driving under the influence (DUI) during the time of the collision.
Collision with a fixed object in the water
While most objects in the oceans, rivers, and waterways are mobile, there are some fixed objects in the water that can pose a risk to boaters if they are struck by the boat. These can include reefs, buoys, docks, rocks, and fixed signals or signs in the water.
Grounding occurs when a boat is unintentionally steered onto land or into shallow water, causing the vehicle to lose function, crash, leak, or inflict injury to passengers. This often occurs when boaters are unfamiliar with the region they are navigating, and accidentally steer onto sandbars or other heavily shallow waters.
Due to the harsh natural environment of the ocean where most boating takes place, injuries sustained from a boating accident can often be severe or fatal. This can occur regardless of the type of watercraft that was used or the method of collision. Before speaking to an insurance company representative, contact me to see if you qualify for a boating accident personal injury claim. I have been helping clients receive compensation for their injuries since 1994 and may be able to help you recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses you may be entitled to.
The time for you to file a claim from a boating injury may be very limited. Act immediately. If you or a loved one has sustained severe injuries from a boating accident in central Florida, you may have a claim to significant compensation for damages. Contact my law firm 24/7 to set up a free legal consultation and discuss the details of your case.