Boca Raton, FL Boating Accident Lawyer
Dotted with scenic and sunny beaches, the coastal city of Boca Raton offers fantastic water access. Boating is a popular pastime for locals and tourists alike, and for fans of the sport, there are plenty of harbors, marinas, and boat rental services to explore. But while recreational boating is a popular hobby in Florida, it can also be a dangerous activity. Even if you take the proper precautions, the people around you might not – and when boaters make mistakes on the water, serious accidents can result.
If you were injured in a watercraft accident in Florida, you should talk to an experienced boating injury lawyer in Boca Raton, like Brian Schwechter. An experienced and tenacious litigator with an impressive record of achieving results, Brian Schwechter approaches each claim strategically, using his knowledge of federal maritime laws to build a robust case. For a free legal consultation about boat accident compensation in Florida, contact Schwechter Law Group online today, or call (561) 935-9243 for 24/7 assistance.
Florida Boat Accident Statistics
According a U.S. Coast Guard report, there were 4,145 water accidents in 2018, resulting in more than 2,500 injuries and, tragically, the deaths of over 630 individuals. More than 600 of those accidents, including 54 fatal accidents, occurred in Florida – which, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, leads the nation in boating accidents.
Boating Accidents Are Caused by Alcohol
The Coast Guard report highlighted intoxication or impairment as top causes of boat crashes nationwide. According to the report, “Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 19% of deaths.”
Nationally, alcohol use was a factor in 254 accidents, 204 injuries, and over 100 deaths. In Florida, it was a factor in 29 accidents, 20 injuries, and six fatalities during 2018.
Common Causes of Boat Crashes + Collisions in Boca Raton
Alcohol use, though a major identified cause of boat wrecks, is not the only factor that can lead to serious accidents. Another potentially dangerous issue is Florida’s lack of age requirements. When unlicensed, inexperienced boaters are put in control of massive, fast-moving vessels, it can be a recipe for disaster. Ranked by the Coast Guard, the most common factors in boat accidents during 2018 were:
- “Operator inattention,” which can be just as dangerous as distracted driving
- Inadequate lookouts
- Lack of experience
- Mechanical failures and malfunctions
- Waves and wakes from other vessels
- Poor weather
- Navigational violations
- “Hazardous waters” (such as choppy or shallow waters)
Some types of boating accidents occur more frequently than others. According to Coast Guard data, the top five types of accidents in 2018 were:
- Collisions with recreational boats (1,048 accidents total)
- Collisions with static objects (470)
- Accidents caused by “flooding or swamping” (443)
- Grounding accidents (367)
- Accidental falls overboard (274)
Types of Boating Injury Claims the Schwechter Law Group Handles
Accidents may take place in confined waterways like canals, lakes, and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), or on the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. For example, some popular beaches around Boca Raton include Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Highland Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Pompano Beach, and West Palm Beach.
At Schwechter Law Group, we handle all types of boat accident claims on behalf of injured passengers, operators, crewmembers, and swimmers. We also represent the surviving loved ones of victims who were killed in fatal boat crashes. We can assist you with claims that involve the following types of injuries or causes of death, in addition to other types of cases:
- Bone fractures
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Catastrophic injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Heart attack
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
How Can a Boca Raton Boating Injury Lawyer Help After a Maritime Accident?
After you are injured in a boat accident, the medical bills can start to pile up quickly – along with financial and emotional stress. You keep receiving bills for surgeries, medications, and other treatments, but you are likely unable to return to work due to your injuries, making your financial situation even harder.
If your injuries resulted from the negligence of another individual, you may be entitled to compensation, which can take an enormous financial load off your shoulders. However, you must prove certain facts of your case in order to receive compensation. This requires an in-depth accident investigation, along with a detailed calculation of damages, often with help from doctors, engineers, and experts in various fields. An experienced attorney can handle the process of gathering and analyzing evidence, while keeping a close eye on legal deadlines that directly impact your case.
Call Our Boca Raton Boating Accident Injury Attorney Today
If you were injured in a boating accident of any kind, or were hit by a boat while you were swimming or surfing, Schwechter Law Group can help you understand your legal options. Contact us online to set up a free legal consultation, or call (561) 935-9243 for 24-hour assistance with your personal injury claim.