When it comes to recreational boating, no state has more volume than Florida. It not only makes up a large percentage of residents’ leisure time but accounts for an enormous amount of tourism to the state. The unfortunate by-product of this, however, is the large number of boating accidents that occur in the state’s waterways.
After a Florida Boat Accident
If you, a loved one, or someone you know were injured in a boating accident or crash, you should reach out as soon as possible for expert legal help. Contacting a Florida boat accident firm like Elstein Legal can help you protect your rights and any claim for damages that you may need to file. There are special laws that apply to accidents in boating, and you will need lawyers familiar with these laws in order to get the compensation you may be entitled to.
Florida Maritime Regulation
Since boating makes up such a significant portion of the state’s tourism draw, and rules and regulations are not fun vacation activities, there are significantly fewer regulations for consumers in the area. For example, there is no minimum boating age, and if you are older than 30 you can operate a boat without any safety or maritime training at all. This can lead to more serious accidents that stem from a lack of training or experience.
Many residents and even some lawyers do not realize that accidents on public waterways are under federal admiralty jurisdiction or maritime law. This means that if a case needs to be litigated, it can be done, and sometimes must be done, in Florida’s federal courts. Federal courts have different procedures that some attorneys are not familiar or experienced with, and this can cost you your case. Particularly since the proof needed for negligence under admiralty standards is different than standard negligence claims.
Common Types Of Florida Boat Accidents
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission advises that collision with another vessel is the number one type of boating accident in Florida. The second leading cause, and nearly as high as the first, are injuries to people being towed for watersports like water skiing, or wakeboarding. The greatest percentage of fatalities during boat accidents were those from overboard accidents resulting in drowning, where drugs or alcohol were involved. Other major causes of accidents include:
- Running aground
- Fuel fires and explosions
- Striking underwater objects
While most people think of the ocean when they think of the Sunshine State, there are many other waterways that host watercraft that contribute to accidents. There are bays and sounds, rivers, creeks, canals, inlets, lakes, marshes, and swamps.
Why Choose Elstein Legal?
The personal injury claims system is complex, frustrating, and can be overwhelming when you are trying to heal from injuries. Working with an attorney experienced in maritime laws like Brian L. Elstein, means you will have a powerful ally in your fight for fair compensation. He will be your advocate at every step and will fight hard for your case. Contact Elstein Legal today.