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According to 2010 data published by the U.S. Coast Guard, 4,604 boating accidents yielded 3,153 injuries and 672 fatalities across the nation. With 1,197 miles of coastal shoreline and a bustling tourist population, it is no surprise that Florida leads all states in boat registrations. But unfortunately, Florida also ranks first in boat accidents and related deaths.
When disaster occurs as a result of preventable factors such as negligence, carelessness, intentional wrongdoing or lack of training, the Sarasota boat accident attorneys of Morris & Widman, P.A. represent injury victims seeking rightful compensation. With our help, clients can secure coverage for the medical costs, property damage, lost wages due to missed work time and emotional distress their injuries cause. We work zealously to build strong, convincing cases that yield desirable results. And because we are Board Certified by the State Bar Association ??? a distinction achieved by less than seven percent of Florida lawyers ??? clients can be sure they are receiving representation from the top echelon of Sarasota injury attorneys, even when their cases reach trial.
Recreational boating and other maritime activities, such as jet skiing, parasailing, ocean and pool swimming and cruise vacationing, are some of the top tourist attractions in Florida. While boats are clearly a fun way to enjoy the sunny weather, accidents can have serious consequences, especially when operators fail to act safely. Some common types of boating accidents include the following:
The sad truth is that dangerous behavior plays a role in the vast majority of boating accidents. In their report, the U.S. Coast Guard cited the following top five contributing factors to boat accidents, all of which are avoidable. The number one cause of fatal boat accidents ??? alcohol use ??? was listed as the leading factor in 19 percent of boat accident-related deaths.
Any of these factors is a clear indicator of negligence or recklessness. Furthermore, boating while drunk or drinking is every bit as illegal as driving while drunk. Serious injuries such as hypothermia, drowning, brain damage and even death are all risks in boating accidents. When you or a loved one suffers a boating accident injury, only a qualified Sarasota boat accident attorney from Morris & Widman, P.A. can ensure that you are fairly compensated.
At Morris & Widman, P.A., we are fully equipped to handle even the most serious boating accident cases. Our firm, located in historic downtown Venice, offers free initial consultations, and further fees are on a contingency basis ??? meaning you don???t pay anything until we obtain compensation for you.
Put our experience to work for you. We can help. For more information, or to speak directly with a skilled Florida boat accident attorney today, call 941.552.4616 or contact us online.
Morris & Widman, P.A. is available to handle legal malpractice and personal injury cases throughout Florida, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Gainesville, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Titusville, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Naples, Fort Myers, Tallahassee and Pensacola.