Delray Beach Boat Accident Attorney
A haven for boating and recreation, Florida leads the country in the number of personal marine vessels registered in the state. Unfortunately, the popularity of boating in the area increases the chances of boating accidents and the serious personal injury which most often follows. In fact, rates of injury and death resulting from boating accidents greatly exceed the likelihood of injury or death in a Florida car accident.
As with car accidents, most boating accidents are preventable accidents caused by the negligence of the operator. Personal injury attorney Craig D. Earnhart and his staff at Earnhart Law help Delray Beach boat accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries. We go to work immediately investigating the accident and preparing your case for a fast, full and fair settlement so you can get the medical care and financial help you need.
Comprehensive Boating Accident Lawyer
Boat-on-boat collisions are the most common type of boating accident in Florida waters, but boating accidents can also occur in a myriad of other ways. Earnhart Law assists victims of all personal injury accidents which occur on or near the water, including:
- Collisions with platforms, buoys or other objects in the water
- Collisions with water skiers, jet skis, kayaks, swimmers or tubers
- Unmaintained docks and sea walls
- Lack of proper equipment
- Alcohol-related accidents
- Reckless behavior of passengers
- Cruise ships, ferries, and water taxis
- Falling overboard
- Struck by an anchor or other object improperly secured or stowed
- On-board explosions or fuel fires
- Watercraft rented to intoxicated person or clearly inexperienced boater
- Failure to maintain boat in a safe condition
- Failure to provide necessary safety equipment
The average motorboat is comparable in speed and power to cars driving on a city street, and they can inflict as much damage as a car in a high-speed collision. But you don’t need a license to operate a boat in Florida, and there is no minimum age requirement in Florida either. Florida law does require those born in 1998 or later to complete a boater safety course before operating a boat, but this course does not require actual boating experience and can be completed online. It is up to parents, rental companies, and boat operators themselves to ensure that boats are driven with care and competence by capable pilots. Earnhart Law holds responsible parties accountable for boating accidents caused by negligence and reckless behavior.
Help is Available after Serious Boating Accidents in Delray Beach
If you or a loved one were hurt in a boating accident in south Palm Beach County, call Earnhart Law at 561-265-2220 for a free consultation with a knowledgeable and experienced Delray Beach boat accident attorney. There is no fee until we recover for you.