While spending time out on the open water, a boater can forget about operating his or her watercraft safely and according to the law. Although relaxing, if boating safety is not a priority, there can be dangerous consequences. One of the primary issues water enthusiasts of all kinds can face is drinking and boating, which, like drinking and driving, is illegal. Operating a motorized vehicle like a boat requires a great deal of attention and care, especially when near a coast or other boaters. In some cases, boaters may be perfectly sober, but maintain unsafe speeds or attempt to maneuver too sharply.
The combination of other boats, swimmers in the water and nautical markers creates the possibility that a careless boat operator could strike someone or something, causing serious injury to the parties involved.
If you or someone close to you was injured in a boating or watercraft accident, our team at Salpeter Gitkin LLP is here for you.
Having obtained millions for clients in complex injury issues, we are prepared to work on cases involving:
- Boating while intoxicated
- Operating too closely to swimmers or surfers
- Piloting too quickly
- Inadequate attention to other boaters
- Jet Ski accidents
- Personal watercraft (PWC) accidents
- Water skiing accidents
- Speed boat accidents
- Fishing boat accidents
- Snorkeling/scuba accidents
- Diving accidents
In addition to these problems, a boater needs to follow local laws and regulations. If a local water authority does not permit boats in a certain region, a boater would do well not to operate his or her vehicle in that area. Similarly, laws may stipulate certain speeds or behaviors in certain areas, which need to be obeyed for safe and enjoyable boating.
If any of these issues contributed to your injury, we are prepared to undertake the rigorous investigation and discovery necessary to help you reach a best-possible outcome.
Contact the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, boating accident lawyers of Salpeter Gitkin LLP at 800-675-4128 or contact the firm online to speak with a skilled and experienced attorney about your case.