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Boat & Water Sport Accident Attorneys

The Florida boat injury attorneys at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., have over 30 years of experience helping those who have been injured or harmed in any type of boat, yacht or water sport activity. Our water sport and boat accident lawyers have helped passengers, captains, guests, and crew members from all over the world, and have handled virtually every type of admiralty and maritime claim involving personal injuries and wrongful deaths on all types of water crafts, including incidents in international waters.

Our law firm is located in Miami, Florida, which is not only the cruise ship capital of world, but also sadly one of the most dangerous waterways for boaters. Florida is the sunshine state, providing much opportunity for recreation on the waterways and coastline. This also means there are more opportunities for boat injuries and fatalities. Each year, Florida has the most boat accidents in the country, with 737 reported accidents this year. Additionally, Miami-Dade had the most boating accidents compared to every other county in Florida, with 96 reported recreational boating injuries in just 2015. 

Why Does Florida Have the Most Boating Accidents?

In Florida, there are limited requirements involved in getting a boating license as compared to other states. In fact, boating education is only required for those born after 1988, meaning everyone who obtained a license before 1988 has not had any formal background on boating. Almost 70 percent of the boat operators involved in a fatal boat injury in Florida were 36 or older. Clearly, many operators of boats are unaware of how to safely navigate their vessel and how to respond to emergency situations. People do not realize that the same precautions used when driving a car should also be used when driving a boat. The dangers of watercrafts should not be underestimated.

Of course, drinking while operating a boat is just as dangerous as doing so when operating an automobile, as we sadly saw the repercussions in the tragic boating accident case involving Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. The waterways must be better policed to enforce safety rules and regulations. People are aware of the repercussions of a DUI unlike a BUI.

Types of Boats Our Florida Boat Injury Attorneys Handle?

For over 30 years, our lead attorney Brett Rivkind has practiced exclusive maritime law. He has represented many different personal injuries and deaths involving a variety of different water vessels.

Some common types of watercrafts we have helped victims receive the compensation they deserve include, but are not limited to:

  • recreational boats & personal watercrafts including jet skis & wave runners
  • cargo ships & tug boats
  • yachts, motor yachts, tenders, & power boats
  • fishing boats including center console fishing boats
  • tour boats, charter yachts, party boats, & cabin cruisers
  • kayaks, diving boats, airboats, & inflatable boats 
  • ferries
  • sail boats

...and many more

Some Common Types of Boating Accidents We Have Helped Personal Injury Victims Receive Compensation For Include:
  • Boating collisions
  • Wave runner collisions
  • Victims thrown overboard
  • Negligent operation of a charter boat
  • Defective boat design, construction or repair
  • Defective water sport equipment
  • Diving injuries sustained from the negligence of a diving boat or diving company
  • Collisions with fixed objects including jettys and bridges
  • Capsizing boats
  • Boats running aground
  • Accidents cause by reckless boaters including inexperienced boat operators, those who boat under the influence and speeding boats.
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling accidents
  • Injuries sustained from rented water vessels and other boating equipment
  • Any type of water sport accident including parasailing & water skiing

...and many more

How to File a Boating or Water Sport Accident Law Suit?

A boating accident case fall within maritime law of the United States. Boat operators, boat owners, sale companies, boat leasing firms, chartered boats and manufactures of boats can all be held liable for injuries and death from a boating accident. Jurisdictional questions are often quite complex in cases involving admiralty and maritime claims. In order to file a maritime claim, the incident must occur on navigable waters and be related to traditional maritime activity. How that is interpreted by the courts can differ, and each situation should be analyzed based on the facts and circumstances of the particular case Therefore it is important to consult with a maritime attorney who is well versed in maritime laws and jurisdictional issues.

If you suffered an accident or was injured at sea, whether you are a worker onboard a ship, engaging in some type of water sport, simply operating a recreational water craft, or a passenger on some type of recreational boat, yacht or ship, you should consult an experienced maritime personal injury attorney to find out what your rights are under the admiralty and maritime Law. Often times maritime and admiralty law is different than the law of the particular state in which you are injured, and often times the state law can supplement your claims that you may have under the admiralty and maritime law.

Our Florida boat injury lawyers at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., have extensive experience in handling boating accidents and deaths in Miami and throughout Florida. If you or someone you know has been injured on any type of vessel on the water, contact our firm for a free consultation as to your rights. You can reach us at 305-375-0565, or toll free at 866-621-2142, or through our online form.

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