Miami Lawyers Representing Injury Victims from Boating Excursions, Rentals, and Tours
An excursion can be an exciting addition to any cruise vacation, but they have few regulations and great dangers.
Excursion activities include things like horseback riding, diving, snorkeling, “booze cruising,” zip-lining, and boat tours. If an accident occurs during one of these activities, the resulting cases are typically unique and complicated because they occur in foreign countries and with foreign businesses. You need an experienced maritime attorney when a serious personal injury or death occurs on a shore excursion. We regularly handle excursion cases and can help you recover for resulting injuries.
Personal Jurisdiction in Boating Excursion Accidents
While these accidents often occur in foreign countries, you may still be able to hold the liable parties accountable in the United States. Jurisdiction involves the question of whether a court has the power to decide a case. This often poses issues for foreign defendants and accidents that happen overseas. Our lawyers understand how to establish jurisdiction over foreign shore excursion companies to hold them accountable for their negligence.
Liability Waivers for Boating Excursions
Signing a liability waiver does not automatically mean you cannot recover for your injuries. Many waivers are unenforceable or do not sufficiently disclaim liability for the excursion company. Families of those killed or injured during a shore excursion may also have the legal right to pursue a recovery.
Crime in Port
Many cruises sail into dangerous port cities. Tour and excursion operators know more about shoreside risks than you. They may be liable for failing to warn of the risk of crime if they knew or should have known of it.
Injuries Aboard Boating Tours in Miami
Duck boats are a common, yet often overlooked, attraction in South Florida, especially in Miami Beach. Duck boats originated as an amphibious military vehicle in WWII and have since become specialty attractions in cities with waterways due to their ability to easily transition from roadways to rivers, canals, lakes and other bodies of water.
However, the dangers posed from riding in these duck boats are often overlooked. Just like any other vehicle, there are serious risks and accidents that passengers may be prone to because of operator negligence or lack of safety training offered to the vehicle’s passengers. Duck boat operators have an obligation to keep their customers and passengers safe. If a passenger is injured or dies while in their care, the owner may be liable to pay for those damages.
Injuries Aboard Rental Boats
Thousands of people flock to Miami each year, seeking fun on the water. One easy way to escape is by renting a boat. Boat rentals have their own share of dangers and potential risks to renters, passengers, and crew. Florida has unique laws designed to ensure boat rental companies, also known as liveries, meet their duties in protecting their customers and boaters
Negligent Boat Rental Companies
When a boat rental company rents a boat to someone who is not able to safely operate it, such as an obviously intoxicated person, or fails to give adequate training to a renter, they may face liability for any injuries to passengers. Boat rental companies have a duty to keep renters and their passengers safe by providing a seaworthy vessel and renting to a person who is capable of safely operating it (trained, of a certain age, and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs). Even if you signed a waiver of liability, you might still be entitled to compensation.
Peer-to-Peer Boat Rentals
As reported in the Miami Herald, peer-to-peer boat rentals are on the rise in South Florida. Similar to vacation rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO, peer-to-peer boat rental companies allow boat owners to post their vessel for rental for a fee. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine who can be held liable when there are injuries aboard one of these privately-owned boats. If the vessel is not properly managed, lacks seaworthiness, or is negligently maintained, the owner and rental company may both face liability depending on the circumstances.
Injured on a Boating Excursion, Rental, or Tour in Miami? Hire an Experienced Attorney.
Boating accidents happen all too frequently in South Florida. Negligent owners and operators must be held accountable to prevent future injuries or death to unsuspecting passengers and crew. Whether you were injured on an excursion, rental, or tour boat, you deserve an attorney who will fight for you.
At Mase Mebane, our experienced and knowledgeable boating accident attorneys will hold all negligent or wrongful parties accountable. We are dedicated to bringing justice to those injured in boating accidents. You should not have to settle for less than your case is worth. Contact our lawyers today for a free consultation at (305) 602-4936.
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