Boating Accident Victims Should Call a Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a family member have been injured or killed in any type of boating accident, you should immediately contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., for assistance with your case. Florida's waterways are full of boats every month of the year given the state’s temperate climate and proximity to numerous recreational bodies of water. Unfortunately, many boat operators have little or no experience, particularly if they are tourists or only recreational boat operators. It is not uncommon for many drivers to be without a proper drivers' license required to operate a boat. As a result, boating accidents occur all too frequently throughout the state of Florida, involving both tourists and residents.
Oftentimes, these careless boat operators can cause significant waves that cause other boats or wave runners to crash or overturn. Additionally, negligent boat operators can cause their own passengers to be thrown inside the boat, or even ejected from the boat, resulting in serious injury or drowning. Furthermore, inexperienced boat operators may have little or no safety equipment or life jackets on board for their passengers in the event of an accident. Your Fort Myers personal injury attorneys have seen all too often that a boat accident can be fatal for passengers who are unable to swim, who have difficulty swimming in unfamiliar or choppy waters, or who have failed to utilize life jackets properly.
Many boating accidents in Florida resulting in injury or death are subject to maritime law because they occur on navigable waterways. This makes it even more important to contact our experienced Fort Myers personal injury attorneys immediately to review the case, as these cases deal with a highly specialized area of the law with which many attorneys are not familiar. Our team is trained to investigate whether there were defects in the boat or watercraft itself, whether the accident was a result of the carelessness of the boat operator, or whether some other factor contributed to or caused the accident that led to the injuries or death at issue.
Our Fort Myers personal injury lawyers handle accidents involving boats, wave runners, jet skis, and all types of watercraft, large, or small. Whether you were an operator or a passenger of a watercraft, or a swimmer who was involved in a boating accident, we can help.
Please contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., for a free consultation about your case. There are no fees or costs unless you win compensation through a settlement or jury verdict. Please visit our settlements and verdicts page in order to view the results in some of the cases handled by Randall L. Spivey.
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It is no surprise that Florida leads the nation in boating accidents because Florida has the highest number of registered boats in the United States. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida reported 671 boating accidents in 2016, the most in the United States.
Nighttime boating is popular, but boaters, and their passengers, must be particularly cautious when navigating waterways at night. Nighttime boating is fraught with unique injury risks such as low-visibility and inadequate lighting.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida has more than 1,540 miles of navigable inland waterways and a 1,350-mile coastline. Boating and related equipment accidents are therefore quite common.
In Florida, both the operators and passengers of boats are entitled to bring personal injury claims (whether the defendant’s actions were negligent, reckless, or intentional) against other boaters if the defendant-operator in question caused their injuries.
Because we are in one of the busiest seasons for boating in Southwest Florida, and Lee and Collier Counties rank in the top ten counties with the most boating accidents, we at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, feel it is important to devote some time to the issue of boating right-of-way, navigation aids for boaters, and BUI (boating under the influence). We will present these three topics over the next couple of weeks as Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of 'Boating in Southwest Florida - Keep It Safe'.
Florida is a boater’s paradise with its miles of coastline and many waterways. In season, Florida leads the country with almost 900,000 registered boaters. Unfortunately, Florida also leads the nation in boating accidents and deaths.
With 901,969 registered vessels, Florida leads the nation in registered boating vessels. Additionally, it is estimated that up to 1 million non-registered vessels actively use Florida’s waters. It is not surprising that Florida also leads the nation in boating accidents.
"We should be safety conscious whenever on the water, even more so this busy season. It is important that we review our boating safety preparedness and procedures," said Fort Myers Boating Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
The influx of visitors seeking the warm climate and beautiful beaches, added to the year-round population, means even more boat traffic on Florida's waters. Florida is the national leader in annual boating fatalities.