Boating Accident Lawyer David B. Datny and The Datny Law Firm help victims of boat accidents in Boca Raton and throughout the State of Florida, where boating is a very popular pastime. The State of Florida has more registered recreational boating vessels than any other state in the country. In Palm Beach County alone, there are more than 35,000 registered vessels. Not surprisingly, Florida also leads the nation in boating accidents.
A recent Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Report revealed in 2017, there were 766 reportable boating accidents in Florida, resulting in 437 injuries and 67 deaths. Collisions were the most common type of boat accident, accounting for 29% of reportable accidents. Most notably, the report indicates that 38% of all collisions were due to operator negligence, e.g., inattention or the operator failing to maintain a proper lookout.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, or have lost a loved one, an experienced personal injury attorney and Boca Raton Boat Accident Lawyer like David B. Datny can be your best resource. We help boat accident victims get the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. It’s easy to get started, just call 561-221-7474 at any hour of the day or night to schedule a FREE case evaluation.Top Causes of Florida Boat Accidents
The most common causes of boat accidents in Florida include:
- Inattention or lack of proper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Machinery failure
- Excessive speed
- Careless or reckless operation
- Violation of a navigation rule
- Alcohol use
- Hazardous water
Notably, many of the top causes involve negligence and operator error, such as speeding, careless operation, rule violations, alcohol use, and inattention (the watercraft equivalent of distracted driving). Alcohol or drug use played a role in nearly one quarter of boating fatalities.
While other top causes may not immediately suggest negligence, negligent behavior may still underlie the cause. For example, a boat may have been negligently entrusted to an inexperienced operator under conditions requiring more expertise to navigate. Or, negligent maintenance may have resulted in a mechanical failure on the water. A Boating Accident Attorney like David B. Datny can assist you in evaluating the viability of a claim or lawsuit based on the particular facts of your case.Damages in Boating Accident Cases
When you’ve been injured through someone else’s negligence, you owe it to yourself and your family to seek compensation for losses and damages such as:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost income (past)
- Lost earning capacity (future)
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Punitive damages may also be available in a boating accident case if the operator’s conduct was grossly negligent, e.g., operating boat while drunk. Of course, the specific damages available differ from case to case and depend on the facts of your case as well as the nature and extent of your injuries. Boating Accident Lawyer David B. Datny at The Datny Law Firm will review your case and determine the appropriate damages to seek for your boating accident including whether the facts rise to the level of punitive damages.Let The Datny Law Firm Help You With Your Boat Accident Case
The Datny Law Firm understands that people who have suffered serious injuries or lost family members have a lot to manage. After a serious boating accident, you may be actively receiving medical care, suffering temporary or permanent limitations on mobility, struggling financially due to medical bills and lost wages, and facing a host of other challenges. We want to make it as easy as possible for you and your family to secure the assistance of a knowledgeable, dedicated boating accident attorney like David B. Datny.
To ensure that boat accident victims have easy access to the help they need, Personal Injury Lawyer and Boat Accident Attorney David B. Datny:
- Available 24/7 so you can immediately have guidance from Mr. Datny after an accident as to what to do and what not to do.
- Travel to meet you if you aren’t able to come to our offices—we meet with clients in a variety of locations, including your home, hospital, or other location convenient for you
- Offer alternative ways to connect and gather information, such as over the telephone, via text or through video conferencing like Skype.
- Offer FREE consultations—you should be able to get basic information about your claim and how your case might proceed without having to make a financial commitment.
- Work on a contingency basis— which means we only get paid if and when you get paid via settlement, mediation, arbitration, litigation or after a verdict, so you’ll never have to worry about coming up with attorney fees up front.
There’s no reason to delay in getting the legal help you need and deserve after your boating accident. Call the Datny Law Firm and Boca Raton Personal Injury Attorney David B. Datny at 561-221-7474 to schedule a free case evaluation. Or, if you prefer, click in the lower right-hand corner of this page to chat with one of our representatives right now.