Yacht owners and operators are responsible for the safety of their passengers and crew.
Surprisingly, a yacht accident can occur even when the yacht owner has hired a professional crew. When this happens, a yacht owner or operator is liable for injuries caused by the failure to follow safety regulations or by the negligence of the owner or crew.
Like other vessels, yachts must be maintained in a reasonably safe manner. If the yacht has not been properly inspected, needs repairs, or is unsafe, the yacht owner may be responsible for injuries that occur.
A yacht accident may also be caused by other negligent boaters, alcohol, excessive speed, improper maintenance, or a poorly trained crew. Yacht accidents run the gamut from slip-and-falls to equipment-related injuries. Yacht accidents often result in:
- Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Muscle injuries
- Ligament tears
The attorneys at Mase Mebane Seitz in Miami have the experience to help you get full compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering after a yacht accident.
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Causes of Yacht Injuries Resulting in Liability
As discussed above, yacht injuries resulting in liability can occur under a number of circumstances. Regardless of the circumstances, it is essential that you contact an experienced yacht accident attorney if you are injured due to another party’s negligence or wrongdoing.
Negligent boaters – When another boater drives recklessly or is involved in dangerous conduct that results in an injury, they may be held liable for any damages.
Boating Under the Influence – Under Florida Statute Section 327.35, it is unlawful for a person to operate a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or a chemical substance. A person is considered under the influence if their normal faculties are impaired or their blood alcohol level is 0.08 percent or higher. Penalties for a 1st offense for boating under the influence in Florida can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and six (6) months in jail. Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can result in catastrophic injuries or even death.
Excessive Speed – Speeding is a common problem that can produce devastating consequences. Failure to operate a vessel at a safe speed, particularly in congested waterways or where there could be swimmers, can cause irreparable harm. Depending on the circumstances, a yacht owner may be liable for the negligence of a crew member (including the captain) even if they were not the person operating the vessel at the time.
Improper Maintenance – Yachts require a significant amount of upkeep; failure to properly maintain a yacht can make it unseaworthy and dangerous for passengers or crew members. A yacht owner’s failure to ensure the seaworthiness of a vessel or properly maintain the ship’s operating systems can result in liability for damages resulting from negligence. In addition to a yacht owner or operator, a mechanic may also be liable for faulty maintenance.
Poorly Trained Crew – A yacht owner or operator is required to ensure that their crew is properly trained. While on the water, conditions can quickly change. A crew that lacks adequate training can make a bad situation worse in a matter of minutes. Poor decisions by a captain or crew can prove fatal for everyone involved.
Hire an Experienced Miami Yacht Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a yacht accident, you need an experienced, dedicated attorney that will fight hard to get you the recovery you deserve. You should never have to settle for less than your case is worth.
Yacht accidents can be severe, resulting in lifelong injuries or death. Whether you were involved in a slip-and-fall suffering a head injury or fell overboard because of a crew member’s negligence, you deserve compensation.
The Miami yacht accident attorneys at Mase Mebane Seitz will not rest until you get the best possible outcome in your case. We are advocates for our clients, providing aggressive, compassionate representation. Our commitment is to provide you unparalleled customer service while getting you the most money available under Florida law.
Contact the attorneys at Mase Mebane Seitz today at (305) 602-4936 for a free consultation. Don’t just settle; get superior legal representation when you need it most.Back to Boating Accidents