Boat Accidents

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When should I seek legal representation to recover costs from a boating accident?

Florida is known for its beautiful beaches and access to unlimited boating opportunities in the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Indian River, and Lake Okeechobee, as well as in many other rivers and lakes throughout the state. With this heightened level of boating activity comes the increased chance of boating accidents. Just as individuals can be careless when driving a car, the same negligence can occur when driving a boat.

Boating accidents that result in injuries or fatalities usually include a collision with another boat, the boat capsizing, a water-skiing accident, or an individual falling overboard.

Which circumstances influence the recovery of costs from a boating accident?

Although some boating accidents result from malfunctioning equipment or inclement weather, it is much more common that reckless driving is to blame. Contributing factors to boating accidents include careless operation of the boat, speeding and alcohol consumption.

What should I do if I’m in a boating accident?

Write down the names, addresses and telephone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident firsthand. It is helpful to take pictures of the area where you had your accident and the injuries you suffered. Save all evidence related to your accident.

After seeking treatment for your injuries, keep copies of all of your medical bills, including those that are covered by insurance, and your work absence slips. You may choose to write down your concerns about the medical treatment you received or the pain that was caused by your injuries.

Insurance companies may contact you for information about the accident or to persuade you to prematurely accept a financial settlement. Before you speak with an insurance company, contact me. I will make sure that you are not bullied or rushed into making a decision that isn’t right for you.

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