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Florida’s beautiful beaches, bays, rivers, and lakes offer unmatched opportunities for fishing, boating, and other water-based recreations. In fact, Florida is the home of more boaters than any other state; 941,589 vessels were registered in Florida in 2010. Unfortunately, more boats mean more boating accidents.

According to statistics from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida leads the nation in boating accidents and fatalities.

While boating is almost always joyful fun, there can also be a less pleasant side to operating watercraft. If you’ve been injured in a sailing accident in Palm Beach County or anywhere in Florida, speak promptly with an experienced Palm Beach Boating Accident Attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin.

If you have been injured in a sailing accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and more. According to the Coast Guard, the top factors causing boat accidents are:

  • Operating a boat under the influence of alcohol
  • Lack of attention/failure to look for other boats, objects, and people
  • Inexperienced operators
  • Excessive speed

Contrary to popular belief, boating while intoxicated is just as dangerous as driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Yet, far too many Florida boaters make the mistake of attempting to operate a boat, while under the influence of alcohol. It is much easier to drink irresponsibly, when you are in the open waters. The blue skies, the warm weather, and the feeling of exhilaration of being on the open sea causes many boaters to lose their inhibitions, and throw caution to the winds. This choice could result in serious injuries for both the driver of the boat and the guests on board. Discuss filing a claim as soon as possible after a sailing accident with a boating accident lawyer in Palm Beach.

Besides, driver attention can also contribute to a sailing accident. Other frequent causes of boating accidents include inexperience. Far too many boaters simply attempt to operate a boat without having the necessary training or experience. When these boaters encounter dangerous conditions, or waters, they have no idea how to deal with these risks, resulting in accidents.

Boat drivers of all skill levels will sometimes ride the waves at excessive speeds, which is very dangerous for not just the driver, but everyone on board.

If you were injured in a boating accident, speak to a sailing accident lawyer in Palm Beach about filing a claim for compensation.

Determining The Facts

For three decades, our attorneys have successfully resolved scores of cases involving boating-related injuries. When you are represented by an Palm Beach Boating Accident Attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin, we immediately investigate the details of your case. We determine if alcohol was involved or if safety equipment was defective. We identify witnesses and call on medical specialists and other accident experts. We determine who was at fault, and we hold that party accountable.

Boating Safety Tips

According to statistics from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida leads the nation in boating accidents and fatalities. Speeding, recklessness, intoxication, and bad weather can all cause serious injuries or an accidental fatality. If you’ve been injured in south Florida in a sailing accident, speak right away with an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney. Here are some boating safety suggestions:

  • Enroll for a course on boating safety.
  • Have a flotation device available for every passenger.
  • Examine your boat thoroughly before heading out.
  • Stay sober. Boating under the influence is a crime in Florida.
  • Monitor weather forecasts before heading into the water.
  • Keep your boat under its maximum weight capacity.
  • Keep and maintain a fire extinguisher on your boat.

Laws that would require all boat operators to wear life jackets could significantly help reduce the number of boating accident fatalities in the United States. According to researchers, a person’s chances of dying in a boating accident are approximately 86% higher than average if the sailing accident involved a kayak. If the boating accident involved more than one boat, the odds of dying dropped approximately 80%. If you find yourself in a kayak or boating around other boats, be extra cautious.

If you’ve been injured because of another person’s negligence on the water, or if your loved one has been hurt or killed in a boating accident, contact a good West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer at once. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and lost wages as well as other financial and emotional damages. A good personal injury lawyer will work with your doctors and healthcare providers to obtain the evidence needed to prove your personal injury claim. If you’re injured in south Florida because of a boating accident, now or in the future, protect your health and your future. Speak immediately with an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney.

We Also Represent Survivors

Some of the injuries sustained in boating accidents – such as brain and spinal cord injuries – are serious and may lead to longterm or permanent disability. Other accidents are fatal. Our experienced Palm Beach Boating Accident Attorney represent the survivors of fatal boating accidents in wrongful death cases.

We also represent those injured in accidents that involve skiing, parasailing, and the other water-based recreations so popular in Florida.

When you’re represented by an experienced Palm Beach Boating Accident Attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin, we help you understand how Florida law impacts your case, and we help you pursue the legal options that are in your best interests. We never charge you until you receive compensation. If you are injured in a boating accident in Florida – now or in the future – and another person’s negligence caused your injury, speak to an experienced Palm Beach Boating Accident Attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin. Florida law limits the amount of time you have to act, so act promptly. Call us at 561-557-4546, or complete the form on our Contact Page and schedule a free consultation today.


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