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Boating Accident FAQs

Addressing Common Concerns of Boat Accident Victims

While boating accidents are less common than car accidents, they can be just as fatal. You may not know what next steps to take if you or a loved one was injured in a boat accident. The experienced maritime personal injury attorneys at Mase Seitz Briggs are here to help. Schedule your free consultation today to get all of your questions answered. In the meantime, we've compiled a few frequently asked questions and answers to help you get started.

What should I do immediately after a boating accident?

After a boating accident, it's crucial to prioritize safety. Check for injuries and ensure everyone is accounted for. If there are any injuries, seek medical help immediately. Additionally, it's important to report the accident to the relevant authorities and gather contact information from witnesses. Both your medical documents and official accident report will be important pieces of evidence to include in your claim.

How can I protect my legal rights after a boating accident?

To protect your legal rights after a boating accident, document the scene by taking photos and videos of any damages or injuries. It's also important to exchange contact information with other parties involved and obtain witness statements, if possible. Seeking legal counsel early on can also help protect your rights.

What are the common causes of boating accidents?

Boating accidents can occur due to various factors, including operator inexperience or negligence, speeding, hazardous weather conditions, equipment failure, and alcohol use. Understanding these common causes can help establish the negligent party in an accident.

How is fault determined in a boating accident?

Fault in a boating accident is determined based on factors such as negligence, violation of boating laws or regulations, and the actions of each party involved. Investigations by authorities and legal professionals can help determine liability.

Can I receive compensation for injuries sustained in a boating accident?

Yes, if you have been injured in a boating accident due to someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. It's advisable to consult with a personal injury attorney to understand your legal options.

How long do I have to file a boating accident claim?

In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a boating accident claim can vary depending on the specifics of the case. Typically, personal injury claims, including those related to boating accidents, must be filed within four years from the date of the accident. However, it's important to consult with a legal professional to understand the specific deadlines that apply to your case, as there may be exceptions or circumstances that could affect the time frame for filing your claim.

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