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Boating Accident Attorney

Living in close proximity to the beautiful beaches of Clearwater and St. Petersburg means stunning sunsets, fun days on the waterfront, and of course, plenty of leisurely time spent boating or jet skiing. Unsurprisingly, Florida leads the nation in seaward vessel registration, with jet skis and waverunners remaining very popular. The high amount of boats and other watercrafts, however, means that the amount of watercraft related damages, injuries, and deaths is also higher in Florida than it is in most states.

In 2015, there were:

  • 737 accidents
  • 55 fatalities
  • 438 injuries

Additionally, water vessel accidents racked up over $13 million dollars in damages in just 2015. 46 of those accidents occurred in Pinellas County, plus two fatalities and $219,600 in damages. While Pinellas has the lead in boating accidents, other Tampa Bay counties, like Pasco and Hillsborough, also see boating accidents every year.

All kinds of water vessels, from canoes to yachts, are involved in accidents. However, most accidents involve personal watercrafts (like jet skis) and open motorboats. Most accidents occur during the summer months. When the weather is sunny, it’s perfect for spending a day on the water. However, an accident can ruin the fun for everyone.

Causes of boating accident include:

  • Lack of lighting
  • Equipment failure
  • Obstructed vision
  • Hazardous water or weather
  • Excessive speed
  • Operator inexperience
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Careless or reckless behavior

In boating accidents, the most common causes of death are injuries from collision impact, and drowning or hypothermia. In a boating accident, serious injuries, like spinal cord damage or a traumatic brain injury, can also be sustained.

Injured In A Boating Accident?

Like with car accidents, not all boating accidents are fatal. In fact, 71% of water vessel accidents in 2015 did not result in injuries.  Still, injuries from them can lead to serious pain and damages. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, it is particularly important for you to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney.

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Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly Perenich & Carroll) was founded in 1955. We are exclusively invested in helping personal injury victims— and their loved ones — win compensation and find justice. We approach every case with passion, experience, and dedication, and strive to provide the answers you need, when you need them.

If you are seeking help after a boating accident, please contact us. We’ll see you through.