Florida has the highest number of registered boats in the nation. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), there were 704 accidents in 2012, resulting in 386 injuries and 55 fatalities. Many of these accidents were the result of driver inattention, negligence or inexperience. When a boater’s carelessness and disregard for safety result in devastating injuries or death, the victims may be entitled to damages to cover medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
At Heintz & Becker, our boating accident attorneys have more than 30 years of experience helping boating and Jet Ski accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. We handle many claims involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. Over the years, we have obtained many significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of our past clients and can help you too. To schedule a free consultation with one of our boating accident lawyers in Sarasota or Bradenton, e-mail or call our firm at 941-748-2916.
Common Causes of Boat & Personal Water Crafts (PWC)
At Heintz & Becker, our boating accident lawyers help victims hold reckless parties accountable for their actions. We will advise you of your legal options and protect your rights. We will utilize a host of resources, including accident reconstructionists and investigators to uncover the cause of your accident. The most common types of preventable boating accidents are:
- Sinking, grounding, capsizing and flooding accidents
- Collisions with other vessels or objects (possibly submerged)
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Passenger ejections
- Water skiing or towable device (including tube) accidents
- Fires or explosions
- Carbon monoxide exposure
- Accidents in which a person is struck by a vessel, a propeller, a propulsion unit or steering machinery
- Swimming accidents
In some cases, there may be multiple causes, such as a drunk driver and a mechanical failure on the boat itself. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your claim, if another person’s negligence caused you to be injured on a boat, you may be entitled to compensation. We will pursue all possible sources in order to maximize your recovery.
If You Were Injured While Boating, Contact Us Today!
To discuss possible litigation surrounding a Jet Ski or boat accident, contact a boating accident attorney at the Sarasota-area law firm of Heintz & Becker in Bradenton today and schedule a free consultation. We have obtained many significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of our past clients and can help you too. To reach us now, call 941-748-2916.