As with other property owners, yacht and boat owners may be held liable for failing to provide adequate security under certain circumstances. Proving legal responsibility based on negligent security aboard a yacht, cruise ship, or another vessel can be difficult. It is important to consult with an attorney to determine if you should pursue a claim for damages.
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As a passenger on a boat or yacht, you expect the vessel to have adequate security to prevent theft, assault, or other crimes. When a boat owner fails to provide that security they may be held liable for injuries that result because of their negligence.
Examples of inadequate security include:
While not all criminal acts can be prevented, a property owner is expected to provide safeguards against those that are foreseeable. For instance, if there has been a history of criminal activity on a boat or yacht and the owner fails to take steps to prevent future crimes (such as installing working surveillance cameras or fixing broken locks) they may be held legally responsible.
Inadequate security can cause a wide range of harm to passengers on ships and boats throughout Miami and South Florida.
Common injuries caused by negligent security on boats and yachts:
If you are injured by another person on a boat or yacht, you need to speak with an attorney. Depending on the circumstances of the case, you might be entitled to compensation from the perpetrator, the owner of the vessel, or another liable party.
The majority of negligent security claims are related to harm caused by a third party, therefore it can be difficult to prove that the lack of security on the boat, vessel, or marina, was the reason that the damage (injuries) occurred.
Generally, a property owner including the owner of a vessel cannot be held liable for the unforeseeable criminal acts of a third party. Therefore, to prove the legal responsibility of the boat owner for negligent security, you must be able to show that the harm or crime was foreseeable.
Negligent security cases often rely on evidence that shows that the property owner knew or should have known about incidents that put passengers' safety at risk.
Evidence that may be helpful in proving liability:
It may be necessary to subpoena the evidence necessary to prove legal responsibility in a negligent security case. An experienced attorney will carefully review your claim and determine what information is necessary to strengthen your case. Without the help of a lawyer, it may be challenging to access the records you need to prove liability.
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