Fort Lauderdale is one of South Florida's most popular boating spots, attracting thousands of tourists and residents year-round. Unfortunately, with so many people enjoying Fort Lauderdale's sunny beaches and miles of coastline, it's no surprise that hundreds of boat accidents occur every year.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injury as a result of a boating accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. Call Schlesinger Law Offices (954) 467-8800 to learn more about your legal options. We've been serving the Fort Lauderdale area since 1955.
At Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., we have earned our reputation. Time after time, our talented and accomplished Fort Lauderdale boat accident lawyers have helped injured clients obtain fair and much-needed compensation. We have also successfully recovered multi-million dollar results on a number of occasions and we know what it takes to hold negligent persons and entities responsible for their actions.
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There are many circumstances in which you may experience severe or deadly harm in a boating accident. Some of the most common reasons for accidents, serious injuries, and accidental death on the water include:
Boat Operator Error
Same as driving a car, a boat operator has a duty to other watercraft to be attentive, sober, and safe. Unfortunately, operator error accounts for the majority of boating accidents in the United States. Some of the most common boat operator errors are:
- Intoxication and/or drug use
- Lack of training/experience operating a boat
- Speeding and other forms of recklessness
- Inattentiveness to other boats or dangerous surroundings
Rental Company Negligence
There are dozens of businesses in Fort Lauderdale that rent boats, jet-skis, kayaks, and other watercraft to anyone who wants them. These companies are usually protected from accident liability when the boat operator was responsible for the crash, however, as the owner of the vehicle, a rental company has a responsibility to ensure it is safe for use.
A boat rental company may bear some of the blame for your accident in the following situations:
- Failure to provide appropriate protective gear for all occupants
- Insufficient instruction in boat use or safety protocol
- Lack of watercraft maintenance
- Renting watercraft to someone who is visibly intoxicated
Defective Parts or Manufacturing Error
The safest boat operator can only do so much to prevent an accident when the vehicle itself is defective. When a part is improperly made or inherently unsafe, the boat manufacturer may be held liable for injuries caused by its product. Common boat defects include:
- Carbon monoxide leaks
- Defective steering mechanisms
- Fuel tank defects and fires
- Inaccurate weight/occupancy limits
- Electrical system failure
Why You Need A Boating Accident Attorney on Your Side
Regardless of how or why your boating accident occurred, you will need help proving that the person who caused it is liable for your injuries and damages. Boat accidents can result in a number of serious injuries and large financial losses. If the accident in question was not your fault, you shouldn’t have to suffer the painful consequences, and the person who negligently caused your injury should be held accountable for their errors. Contact our firm today to schedule your free case evaluation with a Fort Lauderdale boat accident lawyer.
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