What You Need to Know About Boating Accidents in Florida

A yellow speedboat with a blue and white interior, carrying three people, speeds across a sunlit lake, creating a spray of water, observed by boat accident lawyers.

Florida is among the best states in the country for boaters. That being said, though boating is a fun, generally safe, recreational activity, boating accidents still occur, and if you’ve recently been hurt in one, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your lost wages, medical bills, and more. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorneys to learn more about boating accidents and how our firm can assist you if you’ve been wrongfully hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of boating accidents?

Boating accidents can occur for several reasons, though they are typically a result of negligence, either on the part of the driver of your boat, or on the part of another negligent boat operator. Some of the most common causes of boating accidents that our firm sees are as follows:

  • Boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to inspect the boat to ensure that everything is as it should be
  • Speeding
  • Neglecting to carry safety equipment, such as life vests, onboard
  • Not having sufficient experience or training in operating a boat
  • Being oblivious to surroundings, thereby causing collisions with fixed objects or another boat
  • Unsafe boat design

How do I know if I have a valid boat accident injury claim?

To have a valid personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. Whether you were hurt due to your driver’s negligence or another boater’s negligence, you will have to gather and present evidence to satisfy the burden of proof. This can include pictures or videos of the accident and its aftermath, witness statements, police reports, medical documents, and more. Our firm is ready to fight for the compensation you need to heal.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Florida?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is typically four years, which only gives you four years from the date of your accident to sue the liable party. That being said, in most cases, it is best to file your claim sooner, rather than later. We are here to help you today–all you need to do is give us a call.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is comprised of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.