Jet Ski & Boating Accident Attorney
Gainesville accident attorneys protecting the rights of boating & jet ski victims.
The personal injury lawyers of Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims who have been injured in a boating or jet ski accident. In addition to requiring medical treatment, watercraft accident victims often face many hardships financially, emotionally and physically. Our Gainesville attorneys work quickly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve from a personal injury claim as well as an insurance claim. If you have been injured while boating or operating a personal watercraft, contact our accident attorneys today.
Boating & Jet Ski Accidents
Florida is the No. 1 state in boating fatalities as of 2013. The beautiful weather and year-round sunshine naturally draws visitors from all over the world, and local residents can enjoy boating or operating personal watercrafts like jet skis almost any time they want. But as a major tourism state, Florida also racks up more injuries and fatalities than other coastal states that don’t have the same beautiful beaches, warm waters and plethora of lakes that Florida offers.
If you've lost a loved one due to a boating or jet ski accident, contact a wrongful death attorney today.
Boating Accident Facts
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, most boating accidents:
- happen in September and December.
- occur at lunch time and dinner time.
- are caused by colliding with a stationary object or involve a boater falling overboard.
Many people think of jet skis and boats as recreational toys — vehicles in which to have fun without consequence. And while few things can compare to the thrill of jet skiing, and there are countless ways to have fun on the water with a boat, these vehicles are every bit as dangerous as a car or truck. It is also important to remember that although Florida does have a boater’s safety course, some operators are on the water with little to no knowledge of proper safety guidelines. Because it is impossible to anticipate the movements of another person on the water, much like it is impossible to do so while driving on the road, boaters, yachters and operators of personal watercrafts should take extra safety precautions.
Staying Safe on Florida’s Lakes, Rivers & Coasts
There are hundreds of places in Florida where residents and tourists can enjoy boating, yachting, jet skiing and other water activities. At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, our personal injury lawyers want the boating and jet ski accident fatalities to decrease across the state as people learn how to enjoy the state’s natural beauty more responsibly. We encourage everyone who plans to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski), boat or yacht to complete the Florida Boater Safety Course.
In addition to the safety course, there are other precautions you can take to keep yourself safe on the water.
- Always wear a life vest with a reflective strip.
- Install “kill switches” on personal boats and yachts.
- Never consume alcohol while operating a watercraft or boat.
- Limit passengers to the recommended carrying capacity of the vehicle.
Causes for On-the-Water Injuries
Our boating accident attorneys handle injury claims and lawsuits involving all types of watercrafts, including jet skis (wave runners), yachts, sailboats, fishing boats, center console boats, schooners, inflatable rafts, semi-inflatable rafts, go-fast boats, airboats, pontoons, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats and more. If you’ve been injured while on the water in Gainesville or North Central Florida, don’t assume it’s your fault. Many passengers are injured due to the negligence of an operator, yet they suffer in silence, paying out-of-pocket for hefty medical bills and experiencing financial hardship from lost wages because they cannot work.
The operator of a boat, yacht or other watercraft may be responsible for passenger injuries if they acted negligently or recklessly. These situations can include:
- hitting large waves at fast speeds,
- navigating in inclement weather,
- operating the watercraft or boat at excessive speeds,
- defective boat repairs or construction,
- colliding with a fixed object, and
- overloading the vessel with too many passengers.
Passengers, other boaters or innocent bystanders who are injured due to the negligence of an operator of a boat or jet ski may be eligible for compensation to pay for medical costs, lost wages and even pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a boating or jet ski accident, contact a personal injury attorney who has experience handling boating accident cases. The laws that govern watercrafts and boats — Maritime Laws — differ from other type of accident laws (like car accidents or motorcycle accidents). At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, our accident attorneys are knowledgeable in the intricacies of Maritime Law, and you can count on our attorneys to handle your case in a professional and timely manner.
Contact a Jet Ski & Boat Accident Lawyer
Don’t let a holiday, weekend or vacation accident involving a boat or jet ski hinder your enjoyment of life. Contact the boating accident attorneys of Warner, Sechrest & Butts to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.