Maritime Law Regulates Florida's Waterways


Florida Maritime Law

In a state almost entirely surrounded by water, maritime law holds particular significance. Florida maritime law regulates all maritime occupations, along with recreational and commercial activities that occur in the ocean, rivers, lakes, and swamps. The field covers boating, including everything from fishing vessels to motor boats and jet skis, as well as water sports such as scuba diving. The personal injury attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau have extensive knowledge of Florida maritime law. In this specialized area, the sooner accident victims seek counsel, the better. Gathering and preserving evidence must be done as quickly as possible before it is lost or washed away.

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Federal Maritime Law

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is the government agency responsible for regulating the U.S. international ocean transportation system used by exporters, importers, and cruise lines. With miles of coastline dotted with ports and harbors, Florida has a global presence in these industries. Chanfrau & Chanfrau's attorneys have extensive knowledge and expertise in FMC laws pertaining to cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. These laws impact the cruise and maritime industries in Florida, including ships that move passengers and cargo to and from the shorelines.

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Types of Maritime Accidents

The most common types of accidents on or in the water involve recreational boats, including private sailboats, motorboats, kayaks, jet skis, and more. The use of alcohol plays a role in a number of accidents that occur, proving that any type of driving does not mix well with drinking. Mishaps can also happen as participants pursue water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and fishing. In the tourism industry, passengers are sometimes injured or killed on cruise ships, ferryboats, and recreational tour boats, including pontoons. Accidents frequently impact employees who work in maritime industries, including longshoremen and commercial fishermen.

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