Whether you’re enjoying the hundreds of miles of Florida coastline or any of the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, boating is a fun pastime for many. Unfortunately, boat injuries are not uncommon, especially with the draw of Florida’s year-round sunshine. Most boating accidents that occur fairly near to shore or on smaller bodies of water will fall under the state’s civil laws pertaining to personal injury. However, some incidents farther from shore, especially aboard a cruise ship, may fall under applicable maritime laws. It is important to work with an attorney who has expertise in both areas. An experienced St. Petersburg boating accident attorney at The Ruth Law Team knows how to discern which laws apply, how to handle your case, and what avenues of compensation may be available to you.
With the number of boaters of all types of water craft on the increase combined with the lack of water safety knowledge, marine rules, and general boating experience, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of boating related injuries and deaths. Negligence on the part of a boat owner or operator may make them liable for injury suffered by guests on their watercraft or those other craft they come in contact with. .
Main Causes of Boat Injuries
Some of the most common boat injuries occur when operating a boat in a dangerous or careless manner, such as:
- Driving at a high rate of speed
- Hitting a large wake or wave at an unsafe angle or while going too fast
- Operating a boat during unfavorable water or weather conditions
- Failing to have a lookout person while towing a guest for skiing or tubing
- Allowing more than the designated number of passengers for the boat and conditions
- Operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Unfamiliarity with the marine area and/or navigational rules
- Impact with a pier, bridge, buoy or other navigational aid, harbor jetty, or other fixed object
- Colliding with another watercraft or capsizing or sinking the vessel
- Operator inattentiveness, operator error, and /or operator inexperience
- Failure to keep propeller out of contact with objects or persons
Contact an Experienced St. Petersburg Boating Accident Attorney
These scenarios and more can lead to serious injury and even death. If you were injured on or near a boat due to someone’s careless behavior, call an experienced St. Petersburg boating accident attorney of The Ruth Law Team. Please call our office for a free consultation to learn about your rights and how we can help you. Because the time allowed to file a suit under maritime law is generally shorter than that for personal injury lawsuits, it’s important that you call as soon as possible. The call is free, and you will be able to speak directly with an attorney. Call 1-888-Steve-Ruth (1-888-783-8378).