Boat Accidents in Florida

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Boat Accidents in Ft. Lauderdale / Miami

Boating accidents are a frequent occurrence in Florida’s vast coastal and inland waterways. In 2022 alone, the U.S. Coast Guard reported over 700 incidents, including 65 fatalities. These accidents can be traumatic, causing physical injuries and emotional distress.

As a victim of a boat accident, you have the right to seek compensation. I, Attorney Gabriel J. Carrera, based in Fort Lauderdale, am dedicated to helping you file a lawsuit and holding the responsible party accountable.

Types of Boating Accidents in Florida

Our law firm, led by Attorney Carrera, handles various types of watercraft accidents common in Florida:

  • Collisions with Other Vessels: The bustling waterways often lead to accidents, particularly when navigational rules are ignored.
  • Grounding Incidents: Misjudgments in anchoring near shores or changing water levels can lead to grounding, causing injuries and property damage.
  • Capsizing Accidents: Factors like weight shifts, bad weather, or operator errors can cause boats to capsize, leading to potential drownings.
  • Personal Watercraft Accidents: Inexperienced handling of Jet Skis and other small watercraft often results in accidents, making them a leading cause of water-related injuries and fatalities in Florida.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

These accidents are often preventable, with common causes including operator inattention or inexperience, reckless operation, excessive speed, boating under the influence, equipment failure, and failure to follow navigational rules.

Legal Considerations in Boating and Watercraft Accidents

Determining liability in watercraft accidents can be complex, involving multiple parties:

  • Boat Captain: Responsible for passenger safety and avoiding hazards.
  • Boat Owner: Liable for accidents caused by employed staff.
  • Passengers: Their conduct can also contribute to accidents.
  • Boat Manufacturer: Accountable for accidents caused by defects or malfunctions.
  • Boat Mechanic: Liable for accidents resulting from improper maintenance.

Florida’s Comparative Fault Rule allows for compensation even if you are partially at fault, although the award is reduced by your percentage of fault.

Compensation in Boating Accidents

Victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. In extreme cases, punitive damages may be pursued.

Reporting Boating Accidents in Florida

Florida law mandates reporting boating accidents involving death, disappearance, significant injury, or substantial property damage. Timelines vary based on the severity of the incident.

How Attorney Gabe Carrera Can Assist

The legal aftermath of a boating accident can be overwhelming. As your attorney, I will handle all aspects of your case, allowing you to focus on recovery. My services include:

  • Case Evaluation: Assessing your claim’s validity and potential compensation.
  • Investigation: Gathering crucial evidence and expert testimonies.
  • Determining Liability: Identifying responsible parties and proving fault.
  • Insurance Negotiations: Ensuring fair settlement offers from insurance companies.
  • Courtroom Representation: Advocating for your rights in court if necessary.

For legal assistance in Florida boat accidents, contact Attorney Gabe Carrera at [email protected]. Let’s navigate these challenging waters together.

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