Now that school is out and we are entering the heart of summer, the waters around the Emerald Coast are filled with jet skies, sailboats, fishing boats and swimmers. Thousands of people are looking to have a good time in the sun. Unfortunately, this is the perfect time for people to get in an accident.
Boat accidents seem like they should be easy to avoid, but it’s rare that two boats actually hit each other. Instead, it’s usually a passenger on another person’s boat who is injured when that driver makes a mistake by beaching the boat, hitting shallow water, or running into a dock or pier. When that happens, you or a loved one could be thrown about (no seat belts), and it’s easy to see how that could cause serious injury on a boat.
Thankfully, in most boat accidents there is insurance to pay medical bills and help you get back on your feet. A lawyer who handles boat accident claims can explain how the insurance works and how to ensure that you aren’t responsible for any bills caused by a negligent boat driver.
As with all injury claims in Florida, you have a certain period of time to act before the law bars you from bringing a claim. In boat accidents, your attorney can advise you of the steps you need to take to ensure that you can get back to enjoying the summer without having to worry about the consequences of being injured while on the water.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boat accident, contact the boat accident lawyers at Michles & Booth for a free consultation.