Cruise Ship Accidents & Boating Accidents
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Florida Boat Accident Lawyers
With a large majority of the earth’s surface covered by water, it’s no surprise that boating, cruising, and commercial boats are a pastime that millions of people participate in throughout the year. However, this also means that thousands of people die in boating/water accidents each year and thousands more are injured.
According to the United States Coast Guard, there were over 12 million recreational vessels registered by states in 2010. In the same year, there were 4,604 accidents that involved 672 deaths, over 3,000 injuries, and approximately $35.5 million in damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. Florida has the most boating accidents in the country every year, and that doesn’t come as much of a surprise from the number of residents that boat as a pastime and tourists that participate in oceanic activities while here on vacation.
Many common accidents originate from hitting waves at an undesirable angle, or from going too fast. Other unfortunate situations are caused by Florida weather being especially brutal while boats are out at sea, coupled with possible overcrowding/overloading of the boat. Sometimes it just comes down to negligence or not paying attention, leading to collisions with another boat or falling out of the boat while it is moving.
Some of the claims our firm assists clients with include, but are not limited to:
- Cruise Ships
- Tour Boats
- Crew Members
- Motor Boat Accidents/Yacht Accidents/Sailboat Accidents
- Personal Watercraft Accidents/Jet Ski Accidents/Parasailing Accidents
- Water Ski Injuries
- Commercial Fisherman
- Dock Workers
- Recreational Divers
Cruise ships are becoming an increasing popular method of vacationing for many Americans. In South Florida alone there are more than 8 million visitors to Florida’s seaports (Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades, Port of Miami). With the increase in this form of travel, there has unfortunately been an increase in the number of injuries on board the vessels (slip and falls, negligent security, burns, explosions, pool drownings, medical negligence, and wrongful deaths).
The boating accident attorneys at Baker & Zimmerman have successfully handled cruise ship accident cases both at trial and through settlement. We recently were involved in a catastrophic death claim on behalf of a cruise ship employee who died following an explosion in the boiler room of a Norwegian cruise liner. We are also pursuing cases on behalf of victims and family members of the Costa Concordia cruise ship accident.
Here are some bigger locations we’ve represented:
If you or a loved one has been injured or died due to a cruise ship accident or boating accident and would like to learn more about legal rights, please contact us here, call (954) 509-1900, or call toll free at (800) 886-LAWS. We offer free consultations and charge you only if we win your case.