According to statistics from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, each year in the state, an average of 390 people are injured and 65 are killed in boat accidents.
Fetterman & Associates, PA offers services to those who have been injured in a boat accident or relatives of those who have lost their loved ones in a wrongful death boating mishap.
Florida, which has over 900,000 registered boats, is a paradise for those who enjoy the water. Lakes, rivers, and the sea offer ample opportunities for a range of boating activities.
These same beautiful, natural settings also provide a place where people can be injured due to negligent operators or owners, or defective parts or vessels.
At Fetterman & Associates, PA we represent those who have been injured in boat accidents, working to ensure that they receive the compensation to which they are entitled.
Each year, Florida leads the nation in boating deaths. One reason is that Florida has the most registered boats of any state in the nation. There are close to 1 million vessels and the number continues to rise.
Also, less than 30% of those operating boats have had any form of boating education.
In Florida, unless the boat operator was born on or after January 1, 1988, there is no requirement that the boater complete a course to operate a vessel with an engine of 10 horsepower or greater. Thus, there is a high chance of operator error on Florida’s waterways.
In 2012, there were 742 boating accidents and 67 deaths. Only once in the past decade has Florida been second in boating deaths. That year, California led the nation.
Operating a boat on the waterways around and in Florida is a serious responsibility. Accidents occur for various reasons, including operator inexperience, impairment due to alcohol or drugs, and lack of concern for proper and safe operation of a vessel.
Injuries may be mild, and include contusions, but they are often serious and in a majority of the cases include lacerations, head trauma, as well as broken bones.
Operators of boats who travel at too great a speed, don’t have proper safety equipment on board, don’t properly utilize a lookout, or who undertake other negligent actions, are liable for injuries that you sustain in an accident.
Another reason for injuries, although less common, can be attributed to defective parts or a defective vessel. If this is the case, then a lawsuit would be brought against the manufacturer of the defective part or the boat.
If an operator has been negligent and you have been seriously injured, then the West Palm Beach Boat Accident Lawyers at Fetterman & Associates, PA will work assiduously to ensure that you are able to win the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
We are experienced in investigating boat accidents, working with health care professionals and rehabilitation specialists to understand in what manner your injuries have affected you and will affect you, and in coordinating all aspects of personal injury cases connected to boating mishaps.
Contact Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-845-2510 if you have been seriously injured in a boat accident, or if you have a loved one who has been injured or lost their life in an accident due to the negligence of another.
We will meet with you, listen to the particulars of your case, and offer a proper plan of action if negligence and your injuries warrant a lawsuit.
Our boat accident attorneys Port St Lucie, Florida have successfully represented plaintiffs in lawsuits focusing on boating accidents. We possess the experience, knowledge, and drive needed to make sure that you are awarded just compensation for injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. We will work to ensure that you receive justice.