South Florida is a boating mecca for area residents and tourists from around the country. With our gorgeous beaches and year-round pleasant weather, it’s only natural that those who want to spend a day or even a week on ocean waters would flock to the docks, boats, and tours available in South Florida. However, as a report recently issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) indicates, the frequency of boating accidents in the area is a cause for concern, especially considering the likelihood of serious injury. When a boating accident does occur, victims should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
According to the FFWCC, over the past year, 11 people have died in boating accidents in the area with another 91 suffering injury. Authorities also found that in the majority of the accidents in South Florida, the boat operator had never had a boater safety course because the class is only required for those operators born after December 31, 1987. The report indicated that those most likely to be involved in an injury-related accident are experienced male boat operators who have been boating for several years but may have never learned the most important safety procedures.
When an accident does occur, victims can sustain an injury just as serious if not more so than those suffered in automobile accidents, especially when propeller blades from the boat or jagged underwater rocks and reefs contribute to the injury. The fact that most injury victims are also not wearing life jackets also often plays a role in the seriousness of the injury sustained.
When someone does suffer injury at the hands of a boat operator who failed to follow appropriate boating safety standards, it only stands to reason that the victim should not be held responsible for the expenses associated with recovering from the injury. Justice demands that compensation come from those who caused the injury in the first place. Unfortunately, many injury victims often encounter numerous difficulties in obtaining the remuneration which they are due. That is why it is always prudent to consult with a personal injury lawyer immediately following any kind of accident, so that the lawyer can help to investigate and discern the appropriate legal action to take.
If a boating accident in South Florida has resulted in an injury, a lawyer will be able to assist you with all legal questions and concerns that you may have. Contacting a South Florida injury lawyer will ensure that you have an experienced and knowledgeable advocate working on your behalf to obtain all of the benefits to which you are entitled.
If you’ve been injured in South Florida, Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey are seasoned personal injury lawyers with a winning record of guiding victims through every detail of an accident case and ensuring fair and reasonable treatment by insurance companies. The Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey team has tried more than 100 jury trials and obtained verdicts, judgments and settlements in excess of $100 million for their clients. Please visit our website at http://www.lawlorwinston.com/ or call our offices at 954.525.2345 or toll free 877.267.6022 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. If you’re concerned that you can’t afford the services of a South Florida injury lawyer, rest assured that we work on a contingency basis—you don’t pay us until you receive the compensation from the insurance companies.