Melbourne Boating Accident Attorney
Recreational Boat, Jet Ski & Waterskiing Accidents in Brevard County
Florida is one of the nation’s best places for recreational boating. With countless lakes, rivers, and beaches, locals and tourists alike have plenty of options when it comes to spending a day out on the water. Unfortunately, what begins as a fun day can quickly turn into a nightmare when others are negligent, careless, or reckless.
If you were injured or if someone you love was killed in a boating accident involving a powerboat, speedboat, Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, WaveRunner, wakeboard, water skis, or any other type of personal recreation vessel, Nance Cacciatore can help. Since 1963, our firm has been fighting for the rights of injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout Brevard County and all of Florida. Our Melbourne boat accident attorneys have handled all types of complex recreational boating accident cases and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
Types of Boating Accident Cases We Handle
Our firm has successfully represented victims of all types of maritime accidents and recreational boating injuries.
We regularly assist victims of the following types of accidents in and around Brevard County:
- Private vessel accidents
- Personal watercraft accidents (Jet Skis, Sea-Doos, etc.)
- Accidents involving rental boats and personal watercraft
- Tow accidents, including wakeboard, waterski, and tubing accidents
- Drownings and near-drownings
- Charter boat accidents
- Scuba diving accidents
We understand how devastating these accidents are, which is why our team provides compassionate, client-focused counsel throughout the entire legal process. Our Melbourne boat and Jet Ski accident lawyers are well-versed in the many challenges you are facing, from fighting the insurance company for fair compensation to obtaining proper medical treatment for your injuries to managing day-to-day expenses while out of work. We can help you handle these and other difficulties, all while aggressively advocating for the maximum compensation you are owed.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Boating & Jet Ski Accidents?
In the simplest terms, most recreational boating accidents are caused by negligence. Many people forget that boats, Jet Skis, and other vessels are more than just fun—they are powerful machines that require a certain level of skill to safely operate.
Unfortunately, inexperienced, careless, and reckless boaters commonly cause devastating accidents with others on and in the water. Sadly, these accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and, in the worst cases, fatalities.
Some of the most common causes of boat, Jet Ski, and other recreational accidents include:
- Inexperienced and/or underage operators
- Distracted/inattentive operators
- Excessive speed
- Intoxication/alcohol or drug use
- Failure to keep a proper lookout
- Navigational rules violations
- Hazardous waters/weather conditions
- Machinery and equipment defects
When boaters act negligently or wrongfully, they can be held legally accountable for the harm they cause others. At Nance Cacciatore, we believe you deserve justice and fair compensation for the devastating economic and non-economic damages you have suffered.
Damages in Boating Accident Claims
If you were injured in a boat, Jet Ski, or waterski accident, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. “Damages” is the legal term for economic and non-economic losses an individual sustains following an injury or loss caused by another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct.
Examples of common damages in recreational boating accidents include:
- Emergency medical care
- Ongoing medical treatment
- Surgeries and physical rehabilitation
- Medications and medical equipment
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Lost income/wages
- Lost future earnings and lost earning ability
Our Melbourne boating accident lawyers are happy to meet with you and discuss the specifics of your case. During a free initial consultation, we can inform you of your options and provide more detailed information regarding the possible value of your case.
Choose a Team That Will Fight for You
Recreational boating accidents often leave victims struggling to cope with debilitating injuries and unimaginable losses. At Nance Cacciatore, we recognize the challenges you are up against, and we know how to effectively advocate for you. Our Melbourne boat, Jet Ski, and waterski accident attorneys have secured numerous million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients. We work with a team of in-house investigators, nationally renowned expert witnesses, and other professionals to develop powerful cases for our clients.
Our attorneys are board-certified by the Florida Bar, making them experts in their respective areas of law, including civil trial law. For nearly 60 years, we have been fighting for injured Floridians—and we are ready to fight for you, too.