For those who have never been to Florida and fly here from another state, they are often amazed at how much water they see from the window of the airplane. From an aerial view, our state looks like it is made up strictly of lush green areas interspersed frequently with bodies of water – ponds, lakes, swamps, rivers, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico. From both land and sky, we live in a beautiful state.
Florida’s Water Sports
Having more waterways than many states, we also have a large number of people participating in water activities – swimming, surfing, parasailing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing, jetski riding, kayaking, boating, paddleboarding, scuba diving, and more! Basically, if it can be done in, on, or above the water, it happens here in Florida!
Practicing Watercraft Safety
Unfortunately, as with any activity, there are inherent dangers with water sports. For example, when boating in our intercoastal waterways it is imperative that you drive your boat within the designated channel and that if you are tubing off the back of a boat or riding a jet ski that you stay out of that channel! While we do have police boats patrolling trying to keep people safe, there is such a large number of watercraft and people in the water that they simply can’t see everything that is happening every moment of the day. It is your job to obey all safety rules and to follow all local and state laws. What happens if someone disobeys those rules and laws?
When Boat Accidents or Watercraft Crashes Happen
Those rules and laws are there primarily to keep you safe. If they are broken, then someone could get injured or even die. At times, no person is at fault. Sometimes a watercraft malfunctions or has faulty parts. And, sometimes accidents just happen like a jet ski rider not realizing they are in the channel where the boats are allowed, but the jet skis aren’t allowed. It is any of these things – things that happen in a split second of time – that can change someone’s life forever. And, the thing about accidents is that they don’t usually only affect one person.
When someone is injured or killed, it affects a myriad of people, not just the individual. And, although it may be hard to remember at the moment, it affects the person at fault for the rest of their lives as well. They may be injured or killed too, and even if they are ok, they have to live with what they did which is a very heavy burden to bear.
Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
If you are involved in a water accident, then please call us at Nance Cacciatore Law. We will use our team of investigators (former and retired members of law enforcement) and experts to determine the true cause of the accident. It could be the manufacturer of the watercraft or it could be an individual. We will get to the root cause of the accident and handle the case accordingly. We are fully aware that money cannot undo what has happened, but it can help with medical bills or help take care of a family who has lost their primary income earner. We are experts as boat accident attorneys as well as all other water accidents. We are sorry for any accident that you have been through and know that we can help in all legal matters pertaining to the accident, so please reach out to us today.