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Unfortunately, boating accidents cause more than bruised bows and sterns. In Florida, the most common types of injuries to result from boating accidents have included (in order of frequency): lacerations, contusions, broken bones, head injuries, back injuries, sprains/strains, internal injuries, etc. As our personal injury lawyers know, in recent years, Florida has even seen spinal injuries, instances of shock and amputations result from boating accidents. When these horrible injuries result from preventable, avoidable mistakes made by inexperienced or negligent boat operators, victims of these accidents can exercise their legal right to seek compensation for their damages.
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Immediately after a cruise ship accident, help will likely be offered to you by cruise ship operators. If no help appears available, make ship officers aware of the emergency. If you sustained an injury on a cruise ship, the first thing you need to do is read the fine print on your cruise ship ticket, which contains your rights, duties and obligations. The passenger ticket will include information about how and where you can file a legal claim. Sometimes, cruise ship accident cases may only be brought in the state in which the cruise ship company is based (frequently Florida), regardless of where the cruise originated or visited.
Dealing with a non-cruise ship boating accident is similar to dealing with an auto accident (except for, of course, the boating accident likely took place on the water). After making sure that all injured parties are properly tended to, you should collect contact, license and insurance information from all boat operators involves. Additionally, as our personal injury lawyers at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green know, you should be sure to collect contact information from all witnesses (everyone who was on the boat with you or on any other boats involved in the accident). Once authorities shave been contacted, make sure to request information from the officers such that you will be able to access the police report once it has been generated. As soon as it is safe to do so, contact a personal injury lawyer, such as one of ours at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green, by calling 561-266-9191.
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Most boating accidents aren’t caused by sensational storms or giant, unforeseen icebergs. In recent years, the most common causes of boating accidents in Florida have included (in order of frequency): operator inexperience, lack of proper look-out, operator inattention, excessive speed, machinery failure, careless/reckless behavior and hull failure, followed by hazardous waters, alcohol use, and a number of other factors. As you can see, the four primary causes of boating accidents are results of avoidable human errors. If you have been injured in a boating accident caused by the wrongdoing of another, you have a right to recover damages for your injuries.