Miami Boating & Watercraft Accident Lawyers
Work with a Team Dedicated to Fighting for Maximum Compensation
Due to its extended coastline and waterways and its semi-tropical climate, Florida holds the number one spot for boat registrations out of all U.S. states. Close to a million recreational boats are registered in Florida. These include yachts, speedboats, cabin cruisers, sailboats, catamarans, jet skis, personal watercraft, and other types of watercraft used for pleasure, fun, and sport. While boating remains a top outdoor activity to be enjoyed in the Florida sunshine, especially on holidays and weekends, it can also provide an opportunity for accidents and injuries.
According to a U.S. Coast Guard survey in 2018, Florida is the top state in boating accidents leading to injuries and fatalities.
Being involved in a boating accident can lead to a variety of injuries that require medical attention and may result in devastating physical conditions. When these injuries were caused by the negligence of a boat operator or crew, you deserve to be compensated for their neglect, incompetence, or recklessness. Getting the compensation you need and deserve can be a difficult proposition when faced with insurance companies reluctant to pay you a fair amount or in the case where an operator failed to get insurance. That is why you should turn to Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen.
Our legal team has been practicing since 1988, has conducted thousands of personal injury investigations, preserved evidence, built effective defense cases, and negotiated or litigated cases to successful settlements or verdicts.
Injured in a boating accident? Reach out to Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen at (866) 629-1061 or message us online to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Boating Accidents in Florida
Boating and watercraft accidents can include but are not limited to:
- Collisions with other boats or other objects
- Falls both on-board and overboard
- Boaters being ejected
- Water-skiing mishaps
- Colliding with an object that is submerged
- Fires or explosions
- Injuries sustained while swimming around or near a boat that is not anchored
According to the U.S. Coast Guard 2019 boating accident statistics report, the most frequent type of accident is a collision with another boat or vessel. This is followed by collisions with an object, grounding, flooding, and by persons falling overboard. The top factors known to contribute to such accidents include inattention of the boat operator, improper lookout, the lack of experience of the boat operator, engaging in excessive speed, and boating while under the influence of alcohol.
It takes skill, preparation, and experience to properly operate any type of watercraft and do so while ensuring the safety of others. Where boat operators are negligent, such as being inattentive, speeding, or drinking while boating, they should be held accountable for the accidents that result. Unfortunately, Florida does not have a minimum age requirement for the operation of any type of boat. Boat operator education is not required under Florida law unless a person has been convicted of two safety infractions within a year, one infraction that has led to an accident, or a criminal boating violation such as boating under the influence.
Rely on a Trusted & Proven Legal Team
Seeking and obtaining the compensation you need for your injuries caused by another in a boating accident can be a complicated legal matter. The negligent party may or may not have liability insurance. Unlike auto insurance, liability insurance for boat owners and operators is not a requirement in the state. Our legal team has the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to analyze your situation to determine the best course of action for holding accountable those responsible for your injuries. We are committed to helping you obtain full and fair compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and other damages.
Need legal assistance? Talk to a Miami boating accident attorney at (866) 629-1061 today.
Changing Lives by Changing The Law
Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.
A Team of Legal Professionals
Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.
There Are No Upfront Legal Fees
We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.
We Understand the Medicine
Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians.