Clearwater Boat Crash Lawyer
Recreational boating has always been a major industry here in Florida. Every year millions of people enjoy time on a wide variety of boats and other watercraft. But such vehicles need to be properly maintained and operated to ensure that everyone who uses, rides on, or comes in contact with the boat is safe. At the end of the day, a boat is a heavy vehicle–and like any heavy vehicle, it can cause serious injury and even death if there is an accident.
If you or someone that you love has been harmed through the negligent operation of a watercraft, an experienced Clearwater boat crash lawyer can help you in seeking compensation from the responsible party. Attorney Frank D. Butler is a maritime accident specialist with 30 years of experience in representing the victims of boat crashes. He can assist you in determining who was responsible for your accident and making sure they pay for what they have done.
Why Do Boat Crashes Occur in Florida?
At first glance, you might wonder how boats could ever crash. After all, the water is not as confined a space as say the roads. You would think that there is enough space for boats to safely operate without crashing into something.
But the reality is that boat crashes are far more common than most people realize. There are a number of reasons for this, most of which are rooted in some form of negligence. To give just a few examples:
- Lack of operator attention. Many people treat the operation of a boat far more cavalierly than a car or truck. As a result they simply fail to keep a proper attention for other boats, nearby objects, and other potential crash hazards.
- Lack of experience. Boats are not regulated as strictly in Florida as motor vehicles. Many older boaters do not require licenses or specialized training at all. And younger boaters need only complete a boating safety course. As a result, there are a lot of inexperienced boaters on the water who do not know the proper steps to avoid a collision.
- Speeding. Operating any vehicle, including a boat, at dangerous or unsafe speeds cuts down reaction time to avoid a potential crash.
- Impaired operation. Just as it is illegal to drive a car while drunk, it is also a violation of state and federal law to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Violating navigational rules. There are rules of waterways, similar to rules of the road, that all boaters need to follow. A boat operator can be held liable if they ignore these rules and cause a crash.
Contact Attorney Frank D. Butler Today
A boat crash is just as serious as any collision involving a car, truck, or similar vehicle. Victims are often left to deal with extensive medical bills, loss of income, and psychological and emotional trauma. A negligent boater can–and should–be held responsible for these and other losses.
So if you need to speak with a qualified Clearwater boat crash lawyer, contact Frank D. Butler, P.A., today at 888-BOAT-LAW to schedule an initial consultation.