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Reputable Florida Attorneys with Specific Boating Injury Case Experience Serve Inverness, Clermont and Tavares

Understanding the laws surrounding maritime injury requires professional guidance

Many aspects of personal injury law hinge on your location at the time of your injury. Consistent with its name, Lake County has an abundance of lakes, and people in the surrounding areas regularly participate in various recreational water activities. An entirely different set of laws comes into play if you are injured on a boat than on land. If you or a loved one has suffered a boating-related injury on a personal watercraft or a cruise ship, the experienced Central Florida attorneys at Largey Law can examine your case and advise you of your rights.

What specific laws and regulations relate to operating a boat in Florida?

Chapters 327 and 328 of Florida Statutes clearly define the laws surrounding boat operation in the Sunshine State, not only in terms of safety but also regarding vessel registration. Where boating accidents are concerned, though, the key laws in question are those that relate to dangerous and reckless operation of watercraft:

  • All boat operators have a legal duty to care for vessels reasonably and prudently with regard to other vessels, posted restrictions and other circumstances so as not to pose a hazard.
  • The penalty for operating a vessel with a willful disregard for the safety of others is a citation for reckless operation — a first-degree misdemeanor.
  • Any violation of federal navigation rules is a crime in Florida.

Our knowledgeable attorneys can examine your case and advise you of the specific laws and types of negligence that may be present. For example, boating under the influence (BUI) is a federal crime enforced by the Coast Guard and, as such, can be used as a factor of negligence in a Florida court.

Who can be held responsible if I am injured on a cruise ship or boat?

The fact that you have been injured is not enough to build a valid personal injury claim. If you suffered an injury in a boating accident or on a cruise ship, you must prove that your injury was the direct result of negligence. Negligence can be either an action or inaction, such as when someone with a legal obligation to keep others free from harm fails to live up to that obligation. Some common negligent parties in a boating injury could therefore include:

  • Cruise lines
  • Personal watercraft owners
  • Boat mechanics
  • Boat rental agencies

Get answers about your boating injuries from an experienced Central Florida lawyer

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a boating accident anywhere in Central Florida, contact the team at Largey Law today. We serve clients from our convenient office locations in Tavares, Inverness and Clermont. You can reach us at 352.508.1485 or online to arrange your free initial consultation. We will happily schedule around your requirements. Se habla español.

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