Some people are obsessed with a sea breeze, clear blue water waves, watersports, boating… and pretty much anything that has to do with water.
When Americans talk about beaches and seas, the first thing that comes to their mind is the South Florida Coast and Miami.
Florida is the top destination for boating and watersport enthusiasts from all over the world. Partying on boats and yachts, taking your family for a mesmerizing cruise… This seems like one-of-a-kind holiday.
Not only are these activities fun and cool, but also extremely dangerous. Boating accidents in Miami have been on the rise lately. Part of the reason why: there are now more boats than ever! Another reason: not all boat operators follow safety guidelines that are regulated by federal and state laws in Florida.
Fact: Florida accounts for the most registered boats in the U.S. with over 914,000 boats in the state.
Fact #2: in 2015 alone, over 4,150 boating accidents were reported in the U.S., involving 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries. For the record, that’s about $42 million of damage to property.
Statistics provided by the U.S. Coast Guard also shows that 71% of boating accident fatalities occurred on vessels where the operator had no boating safety instruction, and that may be reason enough to sue the boat operator, a boating accident attorney at the Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert Law Firm explains.
In fact, only about 15% of boating accident deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had a Coast Guard-approved boating safety education certificate, which alone should prompt you to check the operator’s certificate before you get on that boat in Miami.
Fact #3: 76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned, and 85% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket.
Here at the Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert Law Firm, our boat accident attorneys have handled hundreds of boating accidents both inside and outside of court.
Speaking from our personal experience and successful track record in Miami, a substantial share of all boating accident lawsuits involving fatalities are won as a result of plaintiff showing evidence that the boat operator had no life jackets on board or failed to give them to passengers in a timely manner.
A boat operator may be held liable for your injuries and damages even if a boating accident occurred due to collisions with other boats; boats colliding with submerged obstacles; as well as boats flipping over in the wake of other boats; or boats hitting a wave.
Earlier this month, a terrifying boating accident took place on the bayside of Marathon in Miami, when a 50-foot powerboat flipped over. As a result of the boat accident, one man was airlifted to a Miami hospital with severe injuries, while other three passengers sustained serious injuries.
Attorneys are now investigating what caused the Miami boating accident, but reports indicate that the powerboat was brand new and it’s unlikely that the boat had a defective engine or any other worn-out parts that caused the accident.
Our boating accident lawyers here at the Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert Law Firm are closely analyzing this particular accident and are keeping an eye on further developments in the case.
Boating accidents may be difficult to litigate if you want to obtain compensation for your injuries, particularly when you aren’t familiar with all the aspects of water law and boating laws in Miami.
In case of a boat accident in Miami or anywhere else across Florida, seek the legal advice of our skilled boating accident attorney. Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert Law Firm lawyers have more than nine decades of combined experience handling boating accidents.
We know what buttons to push in order to get you the compensation you deserve. Get in touch with our Miami boating accident attorney to get a free initial consultation about your options for financial recovery. Call at 305-931-6666, 954-523-8292 or toll free 800-379-8326, or complete this contact form for a free case evaluation.