Given Florida’s weather and proximity to the water, it’s no surprise that boating is a popular activity in the state. While it is undoubtedly fun, there are also many risks and dangers associated with watercraft. If you have been injured in a boating accident, you need to contact a seasoned Miami boat accident lawyer who can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we know how to navigate this complex area of law.
A 52-year-old woman was fatally injured in a boating accident on Fort Myers beach earlier this month. At the time of the incident, the boat got caught on a sandbar near a resort. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission’s (FWC) information, the pilot put all three of the craft’s motors in gear and tilted them up in an attempt to free the boat and the victim fell into the propellers suffering a deadly injury. Witnesses said that they saw the victim get sucked under the boat before seeing the woman’s body floating in the water. The FWC said earlier that an alcohol-related arrest would take place in the case but it has not happened yet. The accident remains under investigation.
Liability for a boat accident will depend on the specifics of the case as well as the location of the accident. If the accident happened close to shore, then Florida and federal laws will most likely apply. However, if the accident occurred further out, then maritime laws might apply. This is important because the laws have different rules when it comes to recovering compensation.
Victims of boating accidents might be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for bodily injury and/or property damage. Negligence is the most common cause of action used in boating accident cases. Negligence occurs when a boater causes harm by failing to use the level of care that a “reasonable” boater would have used while operating the same type of vessel in the same or similar situation. For example, if the operator of the boat acted in a careless or unsafe manner that caused injury or death to another person, that boat operator will likely be liable for damages.
In certain cases, criminal charges may be filed against the boater if he or she operated the vessel under the influence. Under Florida law, it is illegal to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If the party who caused the accident was under the influence at the time of the wreck, that party will also likely be civilly liable for the accident.
Contact an Experienced Miami Boat Accident Attorney
While boating can be great fun, it can also be dangerous. If you have been injured or someone you love has died in a boating accident, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand federal, international and Florida State maritime laws that be may relevant to your case. You can rest assured that we will investigate the circumstances around your accident, collect evidence and come up with a strategy to build the strongest possible case on your behalf. For a free consultation regarding your case, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.