Many people are well versed in the protocol for auto accidents, however, boating accidents are also a primary cause of personal injury, especially here in Florida. Luckily there are comprehensive laws that cover accidents on the seas. This makes it possible for people hurt in a boating accident to receive compensation for their injuries. However, someone must be established to be at least partially responsible for this to happen. If you spend a lot of time on the water, it’s important that you’re prepared in case something should go wrong.
What to do if you’re in a boating accident
If you or someone you know has been in a boating accident, the first thing to be done is stop all the vessels involved and ensure everyone’s safety. Next is to exchange information including names, addresses and vehicle identification numbers. Then the accident should be reported to the sheriff of the county where the accident occured, the municipality’s police department, or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922, or *FWC from a mobile phone.
Who is responsible in a boating accident?
The most common case is that another boater is responsible for an accident. Negligence, intoxication, drowsiness, or just general ignorance are typically the causes of these types of mishaps.
However, there are other cases as well in which the vessel manufacturers were at fault. It’s also possible to sue the captain of a boat if they broke the law or did not have the proper safety equipment on board.
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If you believe that you or someone you know is eligible for compensation from injuries or damages suffered in a boating accident, contact us today to set up a free consultation.