Boating accident Frequently Asked Questions

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What constitutes boating negligence?

Boating at high speeds without safety equipment on board can be dangerous, and it also constitutes boating negligence. Other boating negligences include excess passengers or merchandise, distracted driving, colliding with another boat or object, and disrespecting maritime laws. Learn More

What type of boating accident may qualify for a legal claim?

For a boat accident to be reported in the state of Florida, it must involve the death of a person, a missing person or circumstances that suggest a possible death or injury that requires medical treatment or more than $ 2,000 in property damage. Contact a boating accident lawyer if you or a family member went through a similar situation. Learn More

What is a recreational boat?

A recreational boat can be a yacht, a sailboat, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, cabin cruisers, inflatable boats, go-fast boats, airboats, among others. Learn More

Is there an age limit for operating a boat?

Boats and watercraft represent an essential part of Florida's recreational and tourism industry, so more regulations mean more limitations for consumers. Therefore, there is no age requirement to operate a boat in Florida. Individuals over 30 are not required to have a boating license or even to pass a boat safety course. That means that many people are not licensed, which can make a boating accident even more catastrophic. Learn More

What are the most common boating accidents in Florida?

Collisions with other ships and with fixed objects, flooding, fall overboard, explosions and fires due to a fuel leak and boat sinking. Learn More

Who is responsible for a boating accident?

In general, victims or their families can sue the parties responsible for the accident, including the ship operator whose negligent actions led to the crash or who failed to provide reasonable safety, the boat owner, boat Rental Company, and other passengers who acted negligently or recklessly. Learn More

If I go on a boat and I have an accident, can I file a claim?

We need more information to give you adequate advice and to determine fault. However, in a collision between two boats, both boat operators can be blamed for the accident. Therefore, passengers injured in those two vessels may have a claim against boat operators, just like in a car accident case. Learn More

What is the most frequent maritime accident in Florida?

Collisions between two boats are the most typical accidents in Florida. Statistics have shown that most accidents occur between a recreational cruise and a fishing boat, as boat operators tend to be distracted. Learn More

In an accident between a speedboat and a sailboat, which party is more likely to be responsible for the crash?

It is difficult to answer this question since it all depends on the circumstances that led to the accident. Nevertheless, in a collision between a sailboat and a boat, it is more probable that the speedboat is more at fault than the sailboat because the rules of navigation require that the speedboats remain out of the reach of sailboats. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us today. Our Miami boating attorneys are at your disposal. Learn More

How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim against a cruise line?

The deadlines or “statute of limitations” can vary in each state. If you wish to file a claim against a cruise line after being injured, your ticket generally includes some specific information about it. The statute of limitations for filing a claim in Florida, after an injury caused by negligence, is four years. For more information, contact a Gallardo Law Firm boating accident attorney, and we will provide you with more details. Learn More