Boating Accidents in Florida
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Many people in St. Petersburg and Tampa have boats and enjoy taking them out on the state's many lakes or on the ocean. 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. This can quickly lead to an accident that causes serious injuries to passengers on their boat, another boat, or in the water.
If you have been harmed in a boating accident, it may be time to start exploring your legal options. At the Law Offices of John R. Mathias, P.A., our trusted St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer is well-versed in handling boating accident claims. Attorney Mathias brings years of experience to every one of his cases and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law. We have the skills, resources, and diligence to ensure that every available avenue towards compensation is pursued to its fullest extent.
Negligence in Boating Accidents
While boating is often associated with fun and recreation, boat operators are held to many regulations and laws, just like motorists. On the water, however, these are often ignored, resulting in serious injury.
Boating accidents occur for a number of reasons, including:
- 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 driver operates the boat while intoxicated
- The boat was overloaded
- There was a defect with the boat
If you have sustained an injury or property damage in a boating accident, it's best to consult an experienced personal injury attorney about your legal rights and options. You could be entitled to use the insurance of the boat owner, as many of today's boat insurance policies have coverage for medical benefits. If you can prove the driver of the boat acted in a negligent or reckless manner, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim for compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, mental anguish, and pain and suffering.
Cruise Ship Accident Claims
Boating accidents may also involve an injury while on a cruise. Many people enjoy cruise ships and excursions that leave the Port of Tampa every week. If you were injured on any of these popular cruise vessels, you may have rights you were unaware of, even if the injury occurred in another country. Contact our firm today for more information.
The Counsel You Need to Pursue Legal Action
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, we have represented victims of boating accidents living throughout St. Petersburg and Tampa, and understand what is required to win these types of claims. Let us help you pursue your claim, while you focus your energy on recovering from your injuries.