A boating accident lawyer can help you get the compensation that you need to pay for your injuries. This article details a few scenarios where hiring one can help.
In Miami, boating is a popular leisure activity as well as a major commercial force for the fishing and tourism industries. What happens if you get into an accident that results in injuries? Can the boat operator be held liable for damages?
Here’s what you need to know.
If you are hurt while out on the water, a boating accident lawyer can help you recover, but only if you can prove that your injury is the result of someone else’s negligence. In Florida, negligence is when someone acts recklessly or fails to act with reasonable care to prevent an injury from occurring.
Building a personal injury case that has a chance of getting you the compensation you need requires an experienced attorney to gather evidence and argue it to the court.
Think you have a personal injury case? Don’t waste another minute. Contact an experienced boating accident lawyer today at Pacin Levine, P.A.
3 Scenarios Where a Boating Accident Lawyer Can Help
- Collisions with another boat.
- Accidents caused by another boat’s wake.
- Collisions with submerged objects.
Collisions with Another Boat
When two boats collide with each other, both operators may be partially at fault. Passengers who are injured may pursue both operators if partial fault is assigned. If either operator is hurt, they may only pursue the other operator for damages if the other operator is over 50 percent at fault.
Accidents Caused by Another Boat’s Wake
When one boat creates a large wake, it can be a hazard to other boaters and their passengers. Depending on the situation, both the operator who creates the wake and the operator who encounters the wake may be liable for passenger injuries. For instance, if the boat operator who created the wake did so in a no-wake zone, they may be liable. Alternatively, if the wake is in an area where boaters should be aware of hazards, the operator who encounters the wake may be liable for their passenger’s injuries.
Collisions with Submerged Objects
Submerged objects are a major hazard for even the most experienced boater. Whether it’s a rock, a sand bar, or some other object, the resulting damage to the boat can be devastating, to say nothing about the possible injuries that passengers might sustain.
The operator’s liability depends on the circumstances of the accident. For instance, if visibility is low and the operator is traveling at high speeds, they could be held liable for injuries.
Talk to a Boating Accident Lawyer Today
Now that you understand some of the situations that a boating accident lawyer can help you navigate, it’s time to take action. Don’t wait another second to contact one of our attorneys today. At Pacin Levine, P.A., we are here to give you the support you need and deserve.