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What You Need to Know About Boating Accidents

Boating accidents are an unfortunate yet all-too-common reality in the waters around Tampa. Although nearly one-third of all boating accidents involve a driver who is over the legal blood alcohol limit (which is also a crime of boating under the influence, or BUI), there are many other causes of boating accidents. For example, severe and unexpected weather is a common cause of boating accidents. Equipment malfunctions including engine failures also lead to boating accidents along with basic reckless boating, or negligence.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a boating accident is defined as any one of the following:

  • A boat passenger dies or becomes seriously injured
  • A boat passenger disappears and death or injury is suspected
  • A boat causes or sustains damage

If you or a loved one falls under any one of these categories, you need to seek the professional advice of an attorney with experience in Florida boating accidents, such as Attorney James O. Cunningham.

Your Boating Accident Case

In a boating accident, whether or not one is entitled to damages will come down to a determination of damages (or injuries) sustained and liability of the parties involved in the accident. The standard that the law uses in making a determination as to liability is whether a person had acted negligently, which means that he or she failed to act as a reasonable person would have under similar circumstances. In the situation of a boating accident, a judge or jury will make this determination by looking to see whether one followed all safety rules and precautions.

This is why it is imperative that, following a boating accident, you immediately file an accident report. In fact, when serious injury or death is a result of a boating accident, the report must be filed with the appropriate authorities within 48 hours of the accident. When only property damage is involved, the report must be filed within ten days of the boating accident.

In addition to filing your boating accident report, you should also take pictures of the accident scene and get the contact information of the other parties involved. Regardless of how serious you believe your injuries are, seek immediate medical attention. Also, call your insurance carrier to file a claim. Most importantly, always call a boating accident attorney to discuss your situation.

Your Tampa Boating Accident Attorney

Working with a qualified and knowledgeable personal injury attorney will ensure you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries and damages you sustained. If you have been injured in a boating accident and would like to speak with an attorney, please contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. at 813-355-9772.

Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
                 (877-354-6587)
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373