Jacksonville Boating Accident Lawyer
Boating is popular in Jacksonville, and thousands of people enjoy this activity every year. State law strictly regulates the operation of all types of watercraft on the lakes, rivers, and coast, and when an individual causes an accident through failure to abide by law, the victim often has grounds for a personal injury claim. Whether you were injured on a jet ski, canoe, motorboat, speedboat, sailboat or a yacht, you can greatly increase your chances of receiving the settlement you deserve by retaining the services of Jason K.S. Porter. Our firm fights for the rights of the injured to receive compensation, and we will do everything we can to assist you at this difficult time.
Florida laws regulate the use of watercraft, including boats and jet skis. With the vast amount of waterways in Florida, many people enjoy water sport activities. Accidents involving boats and jet skis can result in serious injuries or deaths. Injuries can include fractures, dislocations, amputations, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, internal organ damage, coma, and drowning. Victims often require hospitalization and rehabilitation before returning to their prior lifestyle.
If your accident was caused by another person's negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering, as well as for the financial costs associated with the injury. These can include your ambulance bill, emergency medical treatment, hospital bills and your expenses for any type of rehabilitative treatment you will require. You can also claim compensation for the money you will lose by missing work during your recovery. Many people who have suffered boating injuries go under-compensated or receive a smaller settlement than they deserve, but a Jacksonville personal injury lawyer from our firm will represent your claim to help you pursue the maximum amount possible.
About Watercraft Accidents
Most people operate their boats and jet skis according to the safety rules and regulations. Accidents usually happen because someone has acted recklessly or negligently and placed others at risk. The following are some contributing factors to accident injuries or deaths:
- Failure to yield
- Lack of flotation devices
- Use of drugs or alcohol
- Untrained or uneducated watercraft operators
A watercraft collision can cause victims to fall overboard and drown or receive severe injuries. Florida has the highest incidents of watercraft accidents with injuries and fatalities. Most watercraft owners have insurance to cover property damage and medical costs. If a watercraft accident is the result of negligence, the responsible party may be liable to the injured victims for damages the suffered due to the accident.
Damages may include lost income, medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering. Speak with one of our attorneys before settling with an insurance company. An insurance company may require giving up the rights to any future compensation beyond the settlement.
Let Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. help you!
We can help you whether you suffered a bone fracture, joint dislocation, spinal cord injury, amputation, brain injury, coma or partial drowning. If you lost your loved one in a drowning accident or other type of injury, our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys are prepared to represent you in a wrongful death claim. Common causes of accidents on the water include intoxication, inexperience piloting the craft, lack of safety devices such as life vests and disobedience of traffic regulations. Any type of negligence or recklessness may provide grounds for legal action, and we will evaluate the circumstances of the accident to determine whether you have a case.
Contact the firm for a free one-hour consultation.