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Gulf Coast Injury Attorneys Help People Hurt in Boating Accidents

Brandon, Florida lawyers pursue compensation for injury and wrongful death

The Tampa Bay area is a marvelous place for anyone who enjoys getting out on the water. Unfortunately, an excursion on the bay or out in the Gulf can be marred by a negligent boat operator who carelessly puts others at risk. If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, or if a loved one has been fatally injured, Faught & Faught, P.A. is prepared to help. For more than 40 years, we have pursued full compensation for personal or fatal injuries. You can rely on us for professional representation and compassionate, highly personal service.

Lawyers experienced with all types of boating negligence claims

Operating a watercraft for any purpose, including recreation, demands skill, training and a high level of caution. Unfortunately, there are multiple instances of boating mishaps caused by careless or reckless operation or inattention to weather and maritime conditions. Accidents have resulted from pilots’ violation of navigation rules, use of excessive or inappropriate speed, making sharp turns and failing to look out for hazards. Overloaded vessels, onboard hazards and lack of adequate safety equipment can also contribute to passenger injuries. Boats can sink, capsize and collide with other vessels or stationary objects — sometimes with fiery explosions.

Passengers and other injured parties seeking financial compensation may sue operators for negligence based on several grounds, including:

  • Lack of boater education — Too many boat operators don’t know enough about their craft and how to operate it safely. They don’t know or they disregard the rules. They don’t stock and maintain safety equipment. They don’t hold their passengers to strict safety standards. As an example, 80 percent of all boat accident fatalities were not wearing personal flotation devices.
  • Impaired operation — Some boat operators frequently consume alcohol or drugs while out on the water, which diminishes their skills and impairs their judgment.
  • Negligent operation — Many boat operators are more concerned with the social aspects of their day on the water than they are about safe operation. They don’t pay attention to the weather or traffic around them, so they are caught by surprise when a hazard appears.
  • Aggressive operation — As with automobiles, some boat operators are prone to risky behavior, such as excessive speed and close maneuvers.
  • Reckless operation — Driving any vessel in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property, at a speed or in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger other people or property makes the operator not only civilly liable but guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor.

Under Florida law, even an injured person who is partly responsible for an accident can recover damages from a vessel operator or other negligent party. Whatever the cause of your boating accident and whatever injury you sustained, our attorneys are ready to pursue the full compensation possible. You can rely on us to investigate the facts and to build a compelling case against all those who are potentially liable.

Contact our Brandon, Florida law firm for reliable boat accident representation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida boat accident or other vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The determined personal injury lawyers at Faught & Faught, P.A. in Brandon, FL are ready to fight for your rights. Call 813-681-4246 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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  • Brandon Office
    206 Mason Street
    Brandon, Florida 33511
    Phone: 813-681-4246
    Fax: 813-653-9668