Types of Recreational Boating or Water Accidents
Brais Law Firm represents people injured in yacht, boat, jet-ski or any other type of water recreation accident. We represent the South Florida residents who are injured from:
- Yacht and boat collisions
- Jet-ski accidents
- Wakes from large boats hitting smaller boats
- Boat propeller “prop-strike” injuries
- Water skiing accidents
- Drownings or near drownings
The list above is not exhaustive. There are many other marine-related injuries that our attorneys can handle for you. Please contact us regarding ANY water related injury.
Brais Law Firm has more than 75 years of combined experience in maritime and admiralty law. If you are injured in a water accident, it is important to hire an attorney who is an expert in maritime law. A non-maritime attorney may be able to represent an injured client using state law, but a maritime attorney knows that federal maritime law governs these types of cases and more likely will lead to a better recovery.
Admiralty vs State Law
Most often General Maritime Law, an archaic and esoteric body of law, governs recreational boating accidents, including personal watercraft (PWC) and jet ski accidents. Only in very limited circumstances and only if not conflicting with General Maritime Law, can a plaintiff supplement his or her claim with state law. This is an important difference because it could determine whether you still have time to sue, the amount of recoverable damages and even whether a negligent boat or yacht captain is responsible for your injuries.
Wake accidents usually occur when large vessels (ships, yachts, large boats) are going too fast and create a large wake that rocks or tips a smaller boat. Sometimes this causes the occupants of the smaller boat to have a bad fall and sustain an injury. The large wake can also result in passengers or drivers being thrown from the vessel and there are cases of people going overboard and losing limbs and sustaining injuries when they make contact with the boat propeller. Drivers can prevent boat propeller injures by utilizing boat safety kill switches which shut off the engine if the driver is knocked overboard.
What to Do if You are Injured in a Boat Wake Accident?
If you are injured in a wake accident get prompt medical attention. It is also important to make sure you document identifying information from the vessel that created the large wake. Take photos of the vessel and try to get the registration number. If possible, take photos of the wake, too. Write down names, numbers and addresses of any witnesses. Contact an attorney immediately for advice and consultation.
Florida leads the nation in the number of boats and the number of boating collisions. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) the leading type of reportable boating accidents are collisions between two vessels. In 2014 Miami-Dade County led Florida in the number of boating accidents, with 10 fatalities for that year according to the FWC.
What to Do if You are Injured in a Boating Collision?
Call the police, the Florida Marine Patrol and/or the U.S. Coast Guard for assistance, especially if you suspect the cause of the crash was related to reckless driving or an intoxicated boat operator. Document the registration number or other identifying information of the boat or person that caused the collision. Contact an experienced maritime attorney for advice and consultation.
Brais Law Firm has combined more than 75 years of admiralty and maritime law experience, with two of the firm’s partners being board certified in the field of Admiralty & Maritime Law. Our firm has recovered more than 43 million dollars for our clients since 2012*.
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