Boating Accident Lawyer Tampa, Florida
Automobile accidents are certainly something that everyone is aware of and many of us have experienced, but it is also a reality that accidents occur off the roads and in the water as well. Thankfully, the rules of accidents apply on the seas as well as the land and therefore a person injured in a boating accident may be eligible for compensation for those injuries, which is very helpful for paying medical expenses and more. For this to take effect however, a party must be found to be at least partially responsible for the accident, which can happen a number of ways.
Most commonly, another boater may be responsible for a person being injured in a boating accident. Just like in instances of an automobile accident, sometimes there is a level of negligence on the part of the other boater. Intoxication, drowsiness, or just general carelessness are common culprits and all of them allow the injured to have a stronger case for finding restitution. Also like an auto accident, a report should be filed immediately after the accident, as well as any emergency medical treatment, to make this case stronger.
There are cases however where the manufacturer of the boat may also be responsible, at least in part, for a boating accident. For example, if there is a mechanical failure with a known issue on a part of the boat, there may be a case for negligence on the part of the company. This is an uncommon scenario, of course, but it does happen. In addition, if you are riding on a boat and are injured, the captain may be responsible if he or she did not follow safe boating regulations or have the proper safety equipment on board.
In any instance where there is a boating accident and a person is injured, the responsible party is liable to be held accountable for said accident. Be it carelessness or mechanical failure, if you or someone you know is injured in a boating accident, then it is a great idea to have a lawyer on your side who is fluent in local law and is able to help fight to see your justice served on both land and sea. To learn more about how the attorneys at the Franco Law Firm can help your boating accident case, please call us at (813) 872-0929.