Fort Lauderdale Boating Accident Attorney
Assisting individuals injured in boating accidents
Boating is an extremely popular activity in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas. While spending the day on the water can be highly enjoyable, boating also comes with the inherent risk of accidents and injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates1 that more than 3,100 boating accident injuries occur per year with over 600 people dying from their injuries. Florida is also the state with the highest number of boating accidents in the United States. The unfortunate reality is that anyone who goes out on a boat in Florida is at risk of suffering injury in an accident.
As a personal injury attorney working in the Ft. Lauderdale area, Joseph J. LoRusso understands how serious boating accident injuries can be and strives to help anyone who suffers such injuries. If you want to learn more about a possible boating accident legal claim, contact his office today for help.
Who can be held responsible for boating accident injuries?
Like any other type of motor vehicle accident, many different parties may be at fault for boating accidents. Accidents often occur because one or more parties acted in a negligent manner and those parties should be held liable for any resulting injuries. Some examples of negligence that may lead to boating accidents include as follows:
- Impaired drivers – Boating outings and alcohol often go hand-in-hand and too often a boat driver operates the vessel while intoxicated and causes an accident. Boating under the influence (BUI)2 is a crime in Florida because it is such a safety risk.
- Distracted drivers – Boating often involves a group of people, music, water sports, eating and drinking, and more. It is not a surprise that drivers can easily lose focus on the water in front of them and the boats around them.
- Inexperienced drivers – Many people who take out boats are visitors to Florida and have little to no experience operating a watercraft. These drivers may not be familiar with the rules of the water regarding right of way, water sports, and more. Additionally inexperienced drivers may not know what to do if they approach a potential hazard.
- Defective boat parts – Manufacturers have the legal duty to sell boat parts that are safe for use. However, defective parts can get sold and can malfunction to cause an accident.
Contact a qualified Fort Lauderdale boating accident lawyer for assistance today
South Florida attorney Joseph J. LoRusso has extensive experience assisting clients file successful boating accident claims in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding areas. Please feel free to fill out our online contact form or call (954) 715-3260 to schedule a free consultation today.