Boating Accident Lawyers in Hollywood, FL
Accident Attorneys serving all of Florida, including Palm Beach County, Broward County & Miami-Dade County.
The maritime region of Hollywood, Florida is the hub for all things boating. Whether you decide to take a weekend cruise or ride around for recreation, boating has become a common hobby and an integral part of Florida beach culture. However, in 2018, there were 628 recorded boating accidents with 59 boating fatalities. Unfortunately, Florida has the highest number of boating accidents and fatalities in America. The leading cause of these boating fatalities involved collisions flipping passengers overboard causing them to drown. However, to make this hobby safer, all boat riders should be wearing a life vest. If you have been in a boating accident, it is important to recognize who was at fault. Our lawyers from the Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. are committed reviewing your case as if it were already taken to court during our free consultation.
What preventative measures should be taken while boating?
Always wear a PFD (personal flotation device). Wearing a PFD ensures that you will not drown in the event of an accident which either flips you overboard or causes the vessel to sink. According to a study conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, 73% of boaters in 2018 were not wearing a PFD when involved in an accident. In addition to this, of the 1,776 occupants and operators, 1,162 people did not know how to swim. Prior swimming knowledge is encouraged before boarding the vessel, to ensure your safety in the event of an accident.
What are the different types of boating accident claims?
- Careless operation/recklessness.
- Boating while under the influence.
- Poor boat maintenance.
- Parasailing accidents
- Jet Ski/Wave runner accidents
- Motorboat accidents
- Wind and kite surfing accidents
- Canoe accidents
- Kayak accidents
- Ferry worker accidents
- Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Accidents
What do I do after a boat accident?
After being involved in a boating accident, it is crucial to assess who is hurt and who needs medical attention so no one’s potential injuries are ignored. However, before checking on others within the boat, make sure that you are okay. If anyone is severely injured, seek medical attention immediately and call the coastguard to inform them of the accident and of those who are injured. If injuries are minor, visit your doctor once you get back onto land, so symptoms do not worsen. Your case will benefit from documentation of the accident by using your cell phone to take photographs and videos of the scene and the other boat involved, if possible. Exchanging information with any other drivers involved in the boating accident will greatly help your case and your accident report as well. Write down their insurance information as well as their boating license and their name. This will help with filing your claim and following up with the other party on how you will be moving forward.
Florida Maritime or Admiralty Law:
The Florida Maritime/Admiralty Law covers all rules and regulations within an umbrella of accidents that may occur while out at sea. If you have been given rental equipment or were sold poorly manufactured equipment, you are entitled to sue the manufacturing company with the rights of the maritime laws as well as with the lawyers at Scher and Scher by your side. If you or a loved one experienced a personal injury during:
- Private boating accidents
- Cruise ship accidents
- Boat/jet ski collisions
- Inexperienced/intoxicated driver
Call the lawyers at Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation.
How can a boat accident lawyer help me?
After a boating accident, you may become slowed down by your injuries. Attempting to recollect all information and evidence from the scene of the accident can be extremely taxing and can possibly negatively impact your health when you should be focusing on getting better. With the help of a specialized boat accident lawyer, you won’t have to carry the burden of collecting and constructing evidence to build a case. The lawyers at Scher and Scher Law Group can focus on your accident claim to prove negligence on the other party’s behalf in an attempt to win the maximum compensation to cover your expenses and losses, while you focus on healing both mentally and physically.
Common injuries caused by boat accident
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical discomfort or injuries
- Medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Property damage
- Lung infections due to water inhalation
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
The accident lawyers at Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve after a boating accident. After enduring a boating accident, our lawyers want to handle the burden of your case while you focus on getting better and healing your injuries.
Contact the Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. and schedule a free consultation with our maritime lawyers. During our free consultation, we will review your case as if we have already taken it on in court.