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Boating and Jet Ski Liability

The Montoya Law Firm, P.A. has vast experience representing personal injury victims involved in boating, jet ski and other watercraft accidents. Many states like Florida do not require any yachting or boating instruction or limit mandatory instruction to operators under a certain age or a vessel over a certain length. The lack of required instruction and education places many people behind the wheel of a yacht, boat or helm of personal watercraft without any specialized knowledge of that vessel’s operating characteristics or even what to do when another yacht, boat or personal watercraft is coming at them. Many time, accidents occur because people underestimate the power of a vessel or tend to be distracted other activities.

Our team of attorneys frequently handle personal injuries and deaths involving:

• Personal Watercrafts (Jet Skis & Wave Runners);

• Center Console Runabouts;

• Cabin Cruisers;

• Yachts;

• Tenders;

 • Inflatable & Semi Rigid Inflatable Boats;

• Sailboats;

• Go-Fast boats;

• Airboats; and,

• Kayaks, Paddleboards & Canoes

Boating injuries can be caused by many different reasons. Many people think that since they were simply on the water, they assumed all risks associated with the activity. This is not true. The most frequent situations of where a boat operator may be negligent and, therefore, responsible for an occupant’s injury or injury to the occupant of another vessel include;

• Hitting a big wave or wake at an unsafe speed or angle;

• Ejections from the boat due to improper operation or te in
  heavy weatherdeciding to naviga;

• Contact with prellersop;

• Operating at a high speed;

• Failing to keep a lookout while a guest is skiing or tubing;

• Not knowing the navigational rules;

• Collisions with other watercraft;

• Defective boat design;

• Defective boat construction or repair;

• Impacting a fixed object, such as a navigational aid, pier
  or bridge; and,

• Overcrowding & Overloading

Individuals injured due to the negligence of a boat operator may be entitled to compensation in the form of payment of medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering associated with the accident.

The law governing your claim (and potential recovery) depends primarily on whether you were employed by, or a guest of, the yacht or boat owner. Further, many recreational boating accidents involve ignorance or violation of a navigational regulation, more commonly referred to as “The Rules of the Road”. In many circumstances, such a violation gives an injured party a rebuttable presumption that the violator is liable.

It is important that you contact an experienced and skilled boat accident attorney if you or a loved one were involved in a yachting, boating or personal watercraft accident. Maritime law in very different than land based law, complete with its own filing deadlines and pleading requirements.

The Florida boat accident attorneys at the law firm of the Montoya Law Firm, P.A. have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. To reach our lawyers, call us at 1 305-445-9292