Boating accidents can involve commercial ships, pleasure boats, or even smaller vessels like jet skis and canoes. If you or a loved one was hit by a boat or involved in some other kind of accident aboard a boat, they could be left with serious injuries that need compensation. After receiving medical treatment and getting the help you need with the physical effects of the injuries, talk to a Ft. Lauderdale boating accident lawyer for help with the economic and legal effects of the injuries.
Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind’s Ft. Lauderdale boat accident attorneys may be able to take your claim to court to seek compensation for the medical bills and other economic effects of your case. We can also fight for compensation for the physical damage to your boat. For your free case consultation, call us today at (866) 386-1762.
Common Types of Boating Accidents in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Boating accidents can occur in many different ways. Sometimes, collisions between vessels could leave crew and passengers with serious injuries, or accidents could occur between a boat and a stationary object like a dock or pier. Other accidents involve problems aboard the vessel rather than actual crashes. Our Ft. Lauderdale boating injury lawyers handle all of the following boat accident cases and more:
Crashes Between Multiple Ships/Boats
Crashes between two or more vessels can leave victims with injuries. Boats do not have brakes, and inexperienced boaters often cause crashes at high speeds because they fail to account for these kinds of issues. That means that a crash between two boats could cause a vessel to suddenly stop, throwing crew and passengers into bulkheads or down to the deck where they could suffer broken bones and blunt-force injuries. They could also be thrown into the water, where the risk of injury goes up drastically.
Crashes into Stationary Objects
Crashing into a stationary boat, pier, dock, or rock could cause your vessel to stop suddenly. Again, this can throw passengers to the deck or cause them serious injuries if they are thrown into a bulkhead. Victims could be entitled to sue the operator of their boat for these injuries and for other accidents involving just one vessel, such as accidents where a ship runs aground.
Canoeing and Kayaking Injuries
If you were riding on a small boat like rowboat, canoe, or kayak, you could be entitled to sue any boater that hits you. Boaters may fail to look out for smaller vessels or general inattention, inexperience, or even intoxication could lead them to crash into you and cause serious injuries. Being directly struck by a boat could cause traumatic injuries.
Slip and Falls Aboard Boats
The conditions aboard a ship are part of the responsibility that the ship owner owes to the crew and passengers. If you slipped and fell on a ferry, party boat, or other vessel because of unreasonable dangers on the deck, you could be able to sue the boat operator for your injuries. Unsafe conditions on a boat are the cause of many slip and falls, which could result in broken bones, back injuries, and head injuries. These falls could also lead to overboard accidents.
Passengers and crew that fall overboard need quick action to prevent further injury, especially in dark, dangerous, or cold waters. If the boat operator failed to take proper action after someone went overboard, they could be responsible for the death or injuries that occur afterward. Talk to a lawyer about these complex cases.
Drunk Boating Accidents
One of the most serious problems that boaters face in the Ft. Lauderdale area is drunk boating. Tourists, Spring Breakers, and even locals could go out fishing or for a day on the water and, after a few beers or seltzers, become unsafe to operate a boat. Accidents that happen because of drunk boaters could be the intoxicated operator’s fault, and victims may be able to sue them for their injuries and vehicle damage.
Holding Negligent Operators Responsible for Boating Accidents
If you are injured in a boating accident, you could be entitled to sue the responsible parties. In many accidents, the actual pilot of the boat will be the one responsible, but a captain or skipper giving them orders could also share liability. Similarly, if the boat was operated by a boating company, such as a commercial fishing company or a party boat service, that company could be responsible for its employees’ mistakes.
When you sue these parties in court, judges and juries can hold them liable for any “negligence” that caused the accident. Negligence occurs when a person breaches some duty that they owe the victim, and the victim is entitled to sue for any injuries and damages that the breach of duty causes.
In some cases, insurance claims might be enough to get you compensation for boating accidents. In cases that involve property damage alone, a claim against the at-fault boater’s insurance might cover your damages, but this might fall short in cases with injuries. Boaters also might not have insurance in every case, so it is important to talk to a lawyer about your options for compensation after a boating accident in Ft. Lauderdale.
Call Our Ft. Lauderdale Boat Accident Lawyers for a Free Case Consultation
If you or a loved one faced injuries in a boating accident in Ft. Lauderdale, the attorneys at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. may be able to help. Our Ft. Lauderdale boat accident lawyers are available to schedule a free legal consultation about your injuries. Call (866) 386-1762 today.