Types of Maritime Accidents

Boating Accidents

Florida residents and tourists take full advantage of our lengthy coastline and waterways, enjoying sailing, motorboats, and other types of recreational watercraft. Boating accidents are an unfortunate part of these activities, often caused by operator inexperience and negligence or mechanical problems. Motorboats are most frequently involved in accidents that result in injuries or fatalities according to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, which cite driver inattention, excessive speed, and alcohol use as common causes. If you are injured due to the negligence of another boater or faulty equipment, Chanfrau & Chanfrau will aggressively pursue just compensation for your losses.

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Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

According to 2013 U.S. Coast Guard statistics, alcohol use was a leading factor in recreational boating accidents, contributing to over 14% of injuries and deaths where the primary cause was known. In fact, when accidents resulted in fatalities, alcohol was the primary contributing factor. The highest number of these cases occurred in Florida, where boating is especially popular. Florida law determines anyone operating a boat with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or over will be cited for a BUI, a crime that carries stiff penalties. In the case of an accident, a BUI almost always infers liability, and victims can often be financially compensated for their losses and damages.

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Jet Ski Accidents

Riding jet skis is a popular recreational activity, but it can also be dangerous for adults and children. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 601 injuries and 36 deaths caused by jet skis (or personal watercraft) occurred in 2013, and almost a third of those injured were kids and teens. Florida law regulates jet ski use, and prohibits reckless behavior. Drivers must be at least 14 years old, life jackets are mandatory, and riding is restricted to daylight hours. If a jet skier causes or contributes to an accident while violating laws, he or she will have increased liability in a civil lawsuit. Chanfrau & Chanfrau can provide expert legal help for any type of personal injury that occurred on the water, and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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