Boat Accidents in Southwest Florida can be the impetus of very serious personal injuries. The attorneys at the Fort Myers based personal injury law firm of Viacava & Cantor are here to assist you by fighting for a fair settlement if you or a loved one has been injured in a boat accident in Fort Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte or any other area in Southwest Florida.
The beautiful weather and wide access to waterways makes Southwest Florida a boaters paradise. There are a tremendous amount of boats in the Southwest Florida area – and logic dictates that the areas with the highest concentration of boats and boaters are also going to have the largest amount of boating accidents.
Florida Boating Laws
Federal and Florida State rules and laws regulating the operation of boats in Florida are highly specific. Some of these laws and rules include the allowable distance from divers, the designation of safe speed zones, the amount of life vests that must be on a boat (as well as who on the boat must wear life vests), how boats are to be maintained and rules governing consumption of alcohol. When boaters fail to follow the applicable boating laws (or when people operate boats without proper training) accidents commonly occur. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of motor boats when a boat accident occurs it can result in Catastrophic Personal Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury and Wrongful Death.
What to Do Following a Boating Accident
Following a boating accident it is very important to preserve evidence by taking photographs of the boats involved (or other watersport equipment involved) and any visible injuries. Preserving that evidence can strengthen your claim and assist your lawyer in obtaining the amount of money you deserve in order to be fairly compensated for your injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boat accident do not hesitate to call the attorneys at Viacava & Cantor in order to set up a free consultation where we will discuss the facts of your case. A lawyer from Viacava & Cantor is available to help you twenty four hours a day seven days a week by calling 239-672-8934.