Boating on Florida’s waterways is a popular recreational activity for residents and visitors alike. Unfortunately, boating is not without risk and the number of boating accidents in the Sunshine State continues to climb. According to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida has the greatest number of boating accidents and boating fatalities, with 766 boating accidents and 67 fatalities in 2017. Experienced accident attorneys at Florida’s Ged Lawyers, LLP successfully recover compensation for their clients who have been injured in boating accidents.
Boating licenses in Florida
While Florida does not issue boating licenses, any individuals born on or after January 1, 1988 who wish to operate a vessel are required to successfully complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating education course or pass a temporary certificate examination or an equivalent course. Before operating a vessel with a motor of ten horsepower or more, individuals must have a boating education ID card as well as a photo identification card in their possession. These laws apply to both residents and visitors to the state of Florida.
Common boating accidents
Collision was the most common type of boating accident in Florida in 2017. The cause of fatal boating accidents continues to be falling overboard, with the leading cause of death resulting from drowning. Boating accidents in the state include an array of vessels ‘ kayaks, rowboats, canoes, and paddleboards.
Personal injury law protects those who suffered harm due to negligence
Personal injury law protects those individuals who have suffered harm due to another person or entity’s negligent behavior. Negligence must have been the cause of the accident in order to file a personal injury claim. Injured victims may receive compensation for medical expenses, loss of income due to time away from work, lost earned vacation and sick time, and pain and suffering.
Those filing a personal injury claim should make note of legal deadline
Legal deadlines for filing claims in a state’s civil courts are known as statutes of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years from the date of the accident. Individuals filing personal injury claims should heed this deadline; if you fail to file a claim prior to the deadline, the courts will refuse to hear your case and your opportunity to recover compensation for your injuries will have been lost.
Injured in a boating accident? Let us help you get the compensation you deserve
Boating accidents can cause serious injuries, leaving the injured person and their families facing rising medical expenses and other losses. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. The boating accident attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP have a track record of success in recovering just compensation for their clients who have been injured in accidents. To arrange a free case review to discuss your boating accident, contact our office at 844-443-3529 or online. The attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP, represent a diverse clientele, with multilingual services available in Arabic, Creole, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and other languages.