Titusville sits right on the coast and is a popular place for sightseeing and boating. Cape Canaveral is nearby and other tourist attractions. All this popularity makes traffic a problem, especially boating traffic.
If you’ve been in a boating accident, do you know what to do? Our Titusville boating accident lawyers know how to help you after you’ve been in a boating accident. Here’s how.
Boating Accidents Are More Dangerous than Car Accidents
There’s no question that boating accidents can be more dangerous than vehicle accidents. Few people wear seatbelts while a boat is in motion and there’s a significant risk of drowning. Serious injuries and death are quite possible after a boat strike.
Beyond the environment and the vehicle, there are also the operators. While boater safety courses are out there and required for many, not everyone takes them. In fact, as long as someone on the boat has proof they took one, then anyone on the boat can drive it, no matter their age or experience.
We encourage all Floridians to take a boater safety course regardless so they know how to operate a boat safely and what to do in the event of an accident. Also, please wear a life vest at all times while you’re on a boat. You never know when a negligent boat pilot might hit you out on the water.
For a free legal consultation with a boating accidents lawyer serving Titusville, call 321-503-4014
Damages You Could Receive from Your Boating Accident
Boat accident damages are similar to car accident damages. You can get compensation for damage to your vessel and gear, your injuries now and those related to the accident in the future, and other reasons. It depends on your case.
If you are a passenger on a boat and your pilot is the negligent one, you could sue them or the owner of the boat. As long as someone is at fault besides you and their negligence caused you to get hurt, you can sue them for damages.
How much you can get depends on many factors. The first is how expensive your injuries are. Your boating accident lawyer in Titusville will start by gathering evidence to justify the amount of compensation your lawsuit truly deserves.
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What to Do After a Boating Accident in Titusville
The first thing to do after an accident is to locate all the passengers and get medical aid to whoever needs it. If someone is seriously hurt, missing, or dead, or if there is property damage beyond $2,000, someone needs to report the crash. You can report your boating crash to one of these entities:
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- The Brevard County sheriff (or whichever county you’re in)
- The police of the city you’re in.
You are not allowed to leave the scene of the accident without rendering as much aid as you can and reporting the incident to the authorities. If you can, take photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and the damage to the vessels. Be sure to get registration numbers.
Then, after you receive medical treatment, contact one of our Titusville boating accident attorneys. They can give you advice on how you can get compensation for your injuries and help you get access to medical treatment while you wait for your settlement.
How Boat Liability Insurance Works
Carrying boat liability insurance is not a requirement in Florida, though it is an excellent idea. Most boat rental places will have a policy, so if a tourist strikes you then we can pursue the matter through the rental company.
Also, most boat owners have a policy because their loans require it. The marina they dock at may also require a liability policy. These entities may require a certain amount of coverage, but there is no minimum coverage required by law in Florida.
This means there is a possibility that the other boat pilot did not have insurance. If not, we may have to pursue money directly from them. They may or may not have the assets to pay for your injuries, but until we investigate, we cannot say for certain. Your own boating insurance may have uninsured coverage.
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Call a Boating Accident Attorney in Titusville for Help After a Boating Accident
Andrew Pickett Law helps people in Titusville and across Brevard County after they’ve been in boating accidents. We have years of experience in these matters and know how to pursue your case to get the most compensation possible under your circumstances.
To get started, simply call us or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation. Your consultation is free and without any obligation. We will hear your story, tell you how we would approach your situation, and let you decide if we’re the lawyer for you.