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For Florida tourists, tour boats are a pleasant way to experience the state's thousands of miles of waterways and coastline. Whether it is a relaxing sunset boat ride or a tour of the Everglades, there are many different ways to experience Florida by boat. What many tourists fail to realize, however, is that by stepping foot on these vessels, you are putting your safety and well-being in the hands of the company and people who maintain and operate the tour boat. There are numerous dangers and considerations that tour boat operators must take into consideration. In a recent tour boat accident in Hawaii, for example, a tour boat suffered a major impact when lava struck the boat. At Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., our Miami tour boat accident lawyers have handled a wide variety of maritime injury claims, including duck boat and other tour boat accidents. We understand how daunting and stressful this situation is for you and your family, especially when catastrophic injuries or fatalities were involved. If you were injured on a tour boat or duck boat, call us today to learn more about how we can assist you.Hold a Careless Tour Boat Operator Liable
Some of the dangers that passengers may encounter on a tour boat range from capsizing and sinking to fires and explosions. Like ferry boats, tour boats have a duty to provide the highest level of care to their passengers as common carriers. When a boat is not maintained properly, or the crew fails to pay attention when underway, serious accidents can result. Common examples include slip and falls on the boat due to a wet deck, trip and fall injuries resulting from cluttered walkways or unsecured cargo onboard, intoxicated passengers creating hazards, broken bones and other traumas due to heavy seas or improper navigation, and passenger overboard situations.
If you were injured on a tour boat as a result of operator or crew negligence, a tour boat accident attorney at our Miami firm can help you bring a claim to recover damages for your injuries. In general, this task involves showing that the operator owed you a duty of care and failed to act according to that duty. Due to the complexity of water-related accidents, most cases require a thorough investigation to establish liability and to gather sufficient evidence. In addition to proving that the defendant did not act with due care, you must show that this failure was the direct cause of the injuries that you sustained. If some other factor served as the cause or partial cause of your injuries, your recovery may be precluded or reduced.Accidents Involving Duck Boats
Duck boats may be very popular, but they are also very dangerous. Recently, for example, a duck boat operating in Branson, Missouri, capsized and killed 17 passengers, including small children. Some reports have suggested that the operator of this particular vessel was warned in 2017 about significant design flaws and passenger safety issues, well before the tragic accident happened. Duck boats are water vessels that are equipped with wheels and a motor, allowing them to traverse both land and water. News reports have been profiling the dangers of these vessels for several years. As with tour boats and ferry boats, an injured passenger can seek compensation for his or her injuries and damages with the assistance of a Miami tour boat accident attorney. In addition to their dangerous design, duck boats are prone to the same set of dangers and risks as tour boats and ferry boats, including improper maintenance and poorly trained crew members. Depending on the location of the accident, the action may be an ordinary personal injury claim, or it may be pursued under the principles of maritime law. This is a key reason why consulting a knowledgeable injury lawyer who is experienced in this area of the law can make a huge difference in the resolution of your potential claim.Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Tour Boat Accident Lawyer in Miami or Beyond
At Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., we understand how complex and frustrating the legal process can be. If you suffered an injury in a sinking, a fire, or another incident while on a tour boat or duck boat, the chances are that you are still struggling with the aftermath. Our seasoned team of litigators can explore every possible avenue of recourse on your behalf. We have handled cases on behalf of victims and families nationwide and in cities throughout Florida, including 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 your free consultation, call us at 1-866-621-2142 or contact us online.