Get Help From An Experienced Tampa Boat Accident Attorney
Many people in the St. Petersburg-Tampa area have boats, and unfortunately sometimes people get seriously injured in boating accidents. If you have been harmed in a St. Petersburg or Tampa boating accident, contact The Law Offices of John R. Mathias, P.A. right away. I am John R. Mathias, an experienced bot accident lawyer for injury victims throughout South Florida. I have won millions of dollars for my clients, and I am here to help you get the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries.
When An Injury Leads To A Boating Accident Lawsuit
While boating can be a source of great fun and enjoyment, things can become dangerous when a person gets on the water without knowing how to safely operate their boat. Wrong moves can quickly lead to an accident that causes serious injuries to occupants of one’s boat, people in other boats, and people in the water, such as swimmers and skiers.
If you can prove a boater or a dock manager acted in a negligent or reckless manner, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim for compensation.
Learn more about wrongful death claims after a Florida boating accident.
Common Questions About Boating Accidents
Ask me whatever is on your mind after a boating accident in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. I will customize answers to match your unique concerns. Here are examples of questions clients sometimes ask.
Where do boating accidents happen around the region?
To quote one blogger, “Boating is an essential part of living the Florida lifestyle.” The region has many popular boating areas such as the following:
- John’s Pass Sand Bay
- Passage Key
- Egmont Key
- Weedon Island
These are just a few of the nearby areas where boating happens and boating accidents can occur.
What are the typical causes of boating accidents?
On the water, boating accidents occur for a number of reasons, including the following:
- The driver doesn’t know how to safely operate the boat.
- The driver fails to abide by boating safety laws and signs.
- The driver is driving at excessive speeds.
- The boat collides with other boats or hard-to-see structures such as piers and buoys.
- The driver operates the boat while intoxicated (BWI).
- The boat is overloaded.
- The boat has a defect.
If you have suffered an injury or property damage in a boating accident, you may be able to tap into the insurance policy belonging to the owner of the boat you were traveling in or another boat that collided with it.
How can you pursue compensation after an injury involving a tour boat or cruise ship?
Many people enjoy excursions on small tour boats throughout the region as well as colossal cruise ships that frequently leave the Port of Tampa. Many circumstances can lead to injuries on tour boats and cruise ships. If you were hurt as a passenger, crew member or passerby of a popular cruise or tour vessel, you may have rights you were unaware of. I will evaluate your case even if the injury occurred in waters pertaining to another country. Contact The Law Offices of John R. Mathias, P.A., today for more information.
Understanding Florida Boat Accident Law
In most instances, there is a separate body of law that applies to boating accidents that occur in the gulf or on intercostal waters. You need to seek legal advice quickly to determine if your claim is governed by admiralty law. If your boating accident occurred on a lake or at the docks, a separate set of laws may apply.
At The Law Offices of John R. Mathias, P.A., I have represented victims of boating accidents living throughout St. Petersburg and Tampa, and understand what is required to win these types of claims. Let me help you pursue your claim, while you focus your energy on recovering from your injuries.
Get A Free Consultation
For a free consultation, please call The Law Offices of John R. Mathias, P.A. in St. Petersburg at 727-362-2122 or send us an email. We represent injury victims and their families throughout St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater and all of South Florida.