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For residents and tourists alike, ferry boats offer a pleasurable and convenient way to travel in Florida while enjoying the scenic views. Unfortunately, however, many passengers suffer serious and even fatal injuries because of negligent ferry boat operation each year. When this happens, it is critical that a victim consult a reliable boat accident attorney to ensure that their right to compensation is protected. Maritime law can be complex, even when it comes to knowing where and when to file your claim. While you are recovering from your injuries and trying to navigate the disruption that the accident has caused in your life, the tenacious Miami ferry boat accident lawyers at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A. can aggressively pursue the settlement or judgment that you deserve.Understanding the Liability of Ferry Boat Operators in Florida
If you have been injured on a ferry boat, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering, as well as compensation for any reasonably anticipated future expenses associated with the accident and the injuries that you sustained.
In general, you must show that the individual or entity that caused your injuries failed to use adequate care and skill at the time of the accident. This standard is unique to the facts of each situation and subject to interpretation. Florida courts have made it clear, however, that the standard encompasses any rules and regulations that applied at the time of the accident. Although there is no minimum age to operate a vessel in Florida, there are a number of requirements that apply to registering and operating a vessel. If the plaintiff can show that the defendant failed to comply with these regulations, such as the prohibition against operating a ferry boat while intoxicated or exceeding the state’s vessel speed restrictions, the plaintiff probably will be able to show that this conduct was negligent. Also, Florida recognizes a theory called vicarious liability, which allows a plaintiff to hold an employer liable for the careless acts of its employees if they were carried out in the course and scope of the employees’ job-related duties. A ferry boat accident attorney can help Miami residents and other victims in Florida determine whether vicarious liability may apply in their case.
Once you show that the defendant acted in a negligent manner, you must next prove that this negligent conduct was what caused your injuries to occur and that the injuries that you suffered were foreseeable. Florida witnesses more boating accidents than any other state in the country, and there are virtually countless ways that someone can be injured as a result of a negligent ferry boat operator.
Some of the most common ways that ferry boat accidents happen involve collisions with other vessels or objects, falling debris, capsizing, and malfunctioning or defective equipment. We have assisted victims who have suffered injuries ranging from broken bones and lacerations to more permanent injuries like amputations, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even death.
In the event that a ferry boat accident tragically claimed someone’s life, Florida recognizes a claim for wrongful death, which allows the decedent’s surviving relatives to bring a claim against the wrongdoer to recover funeral and burial expenses as well as compensation for the loss of their loved one. Like claims based on non-fatal injuries, these cases must be filed within a strict statute of limitations, which determines the time that a victim has to take legal action after an accident.Consult a Ferry Boat Accident Lawyer in Miami or Beyond
There are few things that are more painful and stressful than an unexpected accident that occurs through no fault of your own. At Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., we serve injured people and their families throughout Florida, providing them with reliable and experienced legal counsel in many types of watercraft accident cases. We can represent victims in cities such as Hialeah, Coral Gables, Homestead, Orlando, Kissimmee, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, and Weston, as well as other areas of Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties. To schedule a free consultation with a Miami ferry boat accident attorney, call us at 866-621-2142 or contact us online. We also are available to people who need a sail boat accident lawyer or representation in other types of watercraft injury claims.