Can I Sue if I’m Injured in a Florida Boat Accident?

Close-up view of a boat's steering area, featuring a wooden steering wheel and dashboard with a navigation device, following a minor boat accident, overlooking a calm blue lake.

Here in Florida, many people enjoy boating, and there is certainly no shortage of bodies of water to boat on. Though boating is generally safe, perhaps even safer than driving a motor vehicle, boat accidents still happen. That said, if you were injured in a boat accident due to no fault of your own, you’re most likely now wondering whether you can sue for the damages you’ve incurred. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Jacksonville boating accident lawyers to learn more about these accidents and how we can help if you’ve been hurt. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do boat accidents happen and can I sue if I’m injured in one?

Boat accidents occur for a wide range of reasons, though, not unlike most accidents, they often occur due to negligence. Just some of the most common causes of boat accidents here in Florida are as follows:

  • Boating while intoxicated
  • Speeding
  • Boating while distracted, such as texting while operating the boat
  • An absence of necessary safety equipment, such as flotation devices
  • Inexperienced or unlicensed boaters
  • Crashing into fixed objects, like rocks, or other boats

If you were hurt in a boat accident, either as a passenger or as a driver of a boat that had another boat crash into you, there’s a strong chance you’ll have a valid personal injury claim. That said, you will have to gather and present evidence, with the help of a personal injury attorney, to prove you were injured due to no fault of your own. Some of the most valuable types of evidence in personal injury claims are as follows:

  • Videos or pictures of the accident as it happened
  • Witness statements corroborating your claim
  • A copy of the police report filed at the scene
  • A copy of medical documentation regarding your injuries

How long do I have to take legal action after a boat accident in Florida?

After sustaining an injury in a boat accident, it’s paramount you take legal action as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for boat accidents in Florida is, typically, four years. This means you will have four years from the date of your accident to sue the liable party. That said, the sooner you speak with a personal injury attorney about your accident, the better of you will be. Ansbacher Law is here to help you today. All you need to do is give us a call.


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