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Bradenton Boating Accident Lawyer

Boating accidents can be devastating, resulting in severe injuries and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, seek legal advice from an experienced Bradenton boating accident lawyer. Heintz Law is dedicated to helping victims of boating accidents get the compensation they deserve. We have extensive experience handling cases involving all boating accidents, including those caused by negligence or recklessness. We are committed to providing our clients with the best possible representation and will fight for their rights every step of the way. Contact us today for a FREE case evaluation.

How Can a Boating Accident Attorney Help Me?

Bradenton Boating Accident Lawyer

A boating accident attorney can help you get the financial compensation you deserve if you have been injured. As experienced boating accident attorneys, we will provide valuable legal advice and help negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. A boating accident attorney may also assist with the following:

  • filing claims for damages
  • working with investigators to determine liability
  • finding out if negligence played a role in the accident
  • ensure that you get fair compensation

How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

Heintz Law Firm works on a contingency. Contingency means the law firm will not charge you anything unless you win a settlement or in court. A contingency fee ensures the victim pays nothing out of pocket and that the law firm works hard for your case. We also offer contingency for other areas of practice, such as:

Boating Injury + Fatality Statistics

Boating accidents are a severe issue in the United States. Statistics released by the U.S. Coast Guard for 2018 noted that 4,145 boating accidents nationwide resulted in 630 deaths and over 2,500 injuries. These accidents also caused tens of millions of dollars in property damage.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents in Florida

Various factors cause boating accidents in Florida. Let's review some of those.

Operator Error

Operator error accounts for the most significant percentage of boating accidents, with operators failing to observe posted speed limits or operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Mechanical Failure

Boating accidents caused by mechanical failure can have disastrous consequences. If a boat is not maintained correctly, parts of the engine or other components can fail and put the boat's crew and passengers at risk. Mechanical failures can cause fires, explosions, and hull failures which may lead to drowning or sinking of the boat. Additionally, improperly adjusted controls can cause loss of control.

Bad Weather

Boating accidents caused by bad weather are a common summer occurrence. High winds, rough seas, and sudden storms can make conditions on the water very dangerous for boaters. The most important safety measure is to keep an eye on the weather when planning a boating trip. Boaters can do this by checking for advisories coming from the local coast guard and monitoring changing conditions during a trip. If bad weather approaches while boating, it is best to head back to shore before it worsens.

Reckless Operators

Boating accidents caused by inexperienced or reckless operators can result in severe injury or even death. These incidents are often preventable when operators are adequately trained and equipped to pilot a boat safely. Unfortunately, reckless operators disregard essential safety measures, often putting innocent people in danger. Victims should seek legal help from experienced attorneys as soon as possible.

Federal Law Has an Accident Reporting Requirement

Federal and state laws require that any accident in a boat be reported if:
  • Someone has sustained an injury that requires more than first aid
  • Someone is missing, indicating a possible injury and/or fatality
  • There is a fatality
  • The boat is a complete loss
  • There is property damage to the boat
  • The boat is valued at over $2,000

Who Is Liable For The Accident?

The question may be difficult to answer, depending on how many parties are involved. This is why you’ll need help from an experienced Bradenton boating accident lawyer who understands both maritime law and personal injury. There may be one or more parties who are liable for the boat accident, including the:
  • boat’s legal owner
  • the company operating the boat
  • boat operators who are distracted or inattentive
  • boat operators who are inebriated
  • boat’s captain, attendants, or other staff members
  • designer of the boat
  • manufacturer of the boat
No two boating accidents are identical. Speaking with a knowledgeable boating accident lawyer will help you understand how to proceed.

What To Do If You’re Involved In A Boat Accident

If you are involved in a boat accident, you need to remain calm and call the authorities immediately. It is also advisable that you take note of details such as:

  • where the incident occurred
  • the actions taken by both parties
  • any damage to vessels or property
  • and/or injuries sustained during the accident

You should report the incident to appropriate local law enforcement officials who investigate maritime accidents. If needed, they can send out a water rescue team and help ensure the safety of all involved parties. Additionally, you must seek immediate medical attention.

What NOT To Do After a Boating Accident:

Just like there are steps to take after an accident, there are essential things you should not do.

  • Don’t jump overboard to help another person unless necessary, and ensure you can get back to the boat safely.
  • Don’t say anything considered guilt or fault, such as “I’m sorry.” Your claim could be rejected, and you could be sued as well.

What Kinds of Damages Can I Pursue After a Boating Accident?

Depending on who is at fault for the boating accident, you can file a claim or pursue a lawsuit to receive damages, such as:

  • medical expenses
  • property damage
  • funeral costs in cases where the accident was fatal
  • punitive damages, as well as any suffering and pain you have gone through.

It’s essential to be aware that some types of damages are much more difficult to prove than others. Hiring an experienced Bradenton boating accident lawyer ensures you get the most compensation possible.

What Are the Common Injuries Causes By Boating Accidents?

Like an auto accident, you can recover compensation if you’ve been injured in a boat. Accidents on the water can be just as damaging with injuries such as:
  • Broken bones
  • Amputations
  • Lacerations and bruising
  • Dislocations
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Damage to internal organs

Call Us For Help With A Boating Accident

Like any other personal injury, a boating accident can be devastating. If you’ve been hurt but don’t know where to turn, our Bradenton personal injury attorneys can help with filing a claim.


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