South Floridians live in paradise and enjoy boating during weekends, holidays and days off from work. Recreational boating is just one of the luxuries residents in South Florida get to enjoy. Unfortunately, a fun day on the boat can quickly turn to disaster when you’re involved in a maritime accident. Some maritime accidents are minor and only involve limited damage to the boat and no injuries. However, other boat accidents result in the boat being destroyed and people suffering from severe or catastrophic injuries.
Types of Maritime Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Jet Ski Accidents
Almost everyone in South Florida can say they have been on a Jet Ski at some point in their life. These watercraft are highly popular in Miami and the surrounding beaches. Lawsuits involving Jet Skis usually occur when the property is damaged or a person is injured. These damages and injuries need to be serious enough to warrant compensation.
Jet Skis are small, fast and fun to ride. Sometimes Jet Skis come into contact with recreational boats, people, rocks, other Jet Skis, land and more. Generally, people don’t go Jet Skiing alone. They either have a passenger with them on the Jet Ski or there are friends and family members watching from afar. Plus, there are other people on Jet Skis in the same area as well. The fact there are so many people around makes the chances of witnesses to a Jet Ski accident increase, giving the injured person a better chance to prove negligence of the other party.
The person operating the Jet Ski is often responsible for his or her own injuries or the cause of injury to others. The most common reasons include the operator being reckless, intoxicated or inexperienced. Attorneys often use video footage, eyewitnesses, and testimonies to prove operator liability.
Rental Company Liability
Jet Ski rental companies sometimes are held responsible for allowing customers to use Jet Skis that require maintenance or to allow intoxicated or reckless individuals to rent them. If you have been injured in a Jet Ski accident it’s important that you consult with an attorney to determine whether you have a claim. Call and make an appointment with the experienced Jet Ski lawyers at Raposo & Lukacs today.
- Cruise Line Accidents
- Diving Accidents
It’s important to consult with an attorney that understands the applicable laws and your rights to ensure you are justly compensated for your injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured or deceased as a result of a boating accident, please contact the experienced boating accident lawyers at Raposo & Lukacs for assistance.