Clearwater Boat Accident Attorney
Injured in a boating accident in Clearwater?
With Pinellas County's prime location on a peninsula bounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, commercial and recreational boating activity is an intrinsic part of the community. Until very recently, there was no formal boater education or training requirement to operate a boat in Florida. Even now, most new boaters are exempt by age from any formal training requirement. New and old boaters cause accidents every day, most often as a result of the following:
- Driver negligence or error
- Drunk boating
- Lack of boater training
- Excessive speed or aggressive boating
- Unseaworthy vessels
- Water sport injuries caused by careless boat operators
- Mechanical malfunction
According to statistical reports published by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a division of the state's law enforcement, there were nearly 700 reported boating accidents, approximately 40% of which resulted in injuries. Even more significant is the fact that 66% of the operators involved in reported accidents had no formal boater education. Florida is also home to the highest numbers of reported boating accidents in the nation.
Holding At-Fault Parties Liable
Cope, Zebro & Crawford, P.L. is comprised of lawyers who love the water, fishing, and boating. We have seen firsthand the horrors of what happens when people are careless with their boats or when operators boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The unfortunate reality is that boat accidents regularly leave victims severely injured or killed. With a keen sense of the tough and emotionally trying experiences our clients faced, our legal team has been able to successfully handle catastrophic injury boat accident cases in both federal maritime courts and state courts.
Our Clearwater personal injury attorneys apply our extensive knowledge of boating regulations and laws, and our personal experience as boaters, to determine who can be held liable for causing your accident and / or injury. Whether a negligent boat operator, boat or part manufacturer, owner or any other party can be linked to the cause of your accident, we work diligently to hold them accountable for the injuries you or your loved one sustained. Just as we do when handling car accidents, we fight back against insurance companies to ensure that injured boat accident victims recovery the maximum compensation possible.
Discuss Your Legal Options with a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer
As our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Magazine, you can be sure that we have demonstrated a consistent ability to advocate successfully on behalf of the injured victims we represent. If you or a loved one are searching for a lawyer for a boat accident case in Pinellas County, allow our legal team to evaluate your case and determine the potential merits of your claim. Should you be eligible to pursue legal action, our Clearwater boat accident attorneys can set toward recovering full compensation for your medical expenses, financial damages, and your pain and suffering. Contact a Clearwater personal injury attorney at our Clearwater office to learn more about your legal options.
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