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South Florida is a boater’s dream, with more than 3,000 miles of coastline and thousands of waterways. Close to one million boats are registered in the state, and thousands of other watercraft like jet skis, kayaks, and paddleboards are popular among tourists and locals alike.
As one of the most popular states for boating, it’s also one of the most dangerous. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 607 recreational boating accidents were reported in 2019. Florida was home to the most accidents in the country; nearly double the number of accidents in California, which had the second highest number of boating accidents.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating accident, contact a West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale boating accident lawyer of Weinstein Legal. As a personal injury attorney, we can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and more.
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Causes of Boating Accidents
Although boating accidents may be caused by faulty equipment, most boating crashes are caused by human error. Some of the most common causes of boat collisions in South Florida include:
- Reckless vessel operation
- Drunk driving
- Failing to prepare for bad weather
When a boat captain operates recklessly, they may cause a serious accident or injury. About 29% of the fatal boating accidents in South Florida were falls overboard; drowning was the leading cause of fatalities. Alcohol or drug abuse led to about 24% of boating fatalities in the state.
Boating Accident Injuries
More than 400 boating injuries were reported throughout the state in 2016. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Ligament injuries
- Fluid aspiration
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
For those involved in this type of accident, they may also develop psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. For those living in South Florida, these psychological injuries can be much more devastating as they may often pass by the location where their injuries occurred. Even if injuries seem minor, it is advisable to seek medical attention right away. Often an injury may be underestimated and the accident injury can later cause continued pain, further injuries, and more financial burdens. Contacting a boating accident lawyer can help you begin the claims process so that you can obtain the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.
Types of Accidents We Handle
The FWC statistics reveal that personal watercrafts were involved in 26% of reportable boating accidents. Water ski accidents, capsized watercrafts, and collisions with other boats were also common types of boating collisions. As South Florida is a top tourist destination, there are many opportunities for visitors to rent vessels such as jet skis, kayaks, and paddleboards. According to the FWC, 41% of rented personal watercrafts were involved in accidents in 2016. Being involved in any type of boating collision can be traumatizing. For victims, filing a claim can be difficult. Whether you were involved in a crash with a personal watercraft or large boat, a West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale boating accident attorney of Weinstein Legal can help you fight for your rights. Fill out our contact form or call 954.845.0505 to schedule a consultation for your boating collision claim.
How a Boating Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you were aboard a private boat, the operator’s insurance may cover some of the damages. However, the claims process may be long and complex. For those who have never had to file a claim for a boating accident, you may have questions about the claims process. A knowledgeable boating accident lawyer can guide you through filing and pursue a claim against the negligent operator that caused the accident or your injuries. A boating accident attorney can also:
- Research the history of operator
- Research history of the vessel, such as other violations or accidents
- Determine if the area was unsafe
- Investigate the scene of the crash
- Interview witnesses or obtain video footage (if applicable)
- Review medical records
- Contact expert witnesses
After this type of accident, your priority should be recuperating from your injuries, not dealing with insurance companies who are making it difficult for you to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Boating Accident Attorney
The team at Weinstein Legal is ready to help anyone who has been injured in a boating accident. We can determine who should be held liable for your losses and file a claim on your behalf. It is important that you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, since failing to file a claim within the statute of limitations may prevent you from recovering compensation.