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Staples, Ellis + Associates, P.A.
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Who can throw you a line if you've been hurt in a boat crash?

When you live in Florida, it's difficult to get very far from the water. Easy access to inland waterways and the ocean pretty much defines existence in the Sunshine State, and many residents choose the aquatic life for recreation.

If you are a boat owner, you're not alone. There are over 915,000 registered boats in Florida, more than in any other state. As with any endeavor featuring a motorized vehicle, however, boating carries with it the risk of accident and injury.

When boaters become statistics

The freedom and space boaters find on the water can create the illusion they are immune to misadventure. Unfortunately, many people find out each year this isn't the case. In 2015, there were 737 reported boating accidents on Florida waters.

Of those accidents, 52 were fatal, resulting in 55 deaths. Another 438 boaters suffered injuries in various accidents. The most common type of accident was a collision with another vessel, accounting for more than one quarter of all reported accidents. Alcohol and/or drugs played a role in 19 percent of fatal accidents.

Types of injuries commonly suffered

Boaters don't always wear seatbelts while on the water. As a result, bodies can be tossed around during a collision, increasing the potential for serious injuries. The most common kinds of injuries seen in a boat accident are:

  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Back injuries

Injuries like these may result in an extended recovery period and they can cause long-term or even permanent health issues.

Not just any lawyer will do after a boat accident

The future can be difficult to predict after suffering a serious injury. While some victims are lucky enough to carry on with their lives as before, others are less fortunate. A debilitating injury can cause you to miss work, and mounting medical expenses may quickly deplete your bank accounts and fill your credit cards. Pain and suffering after a boating accident that was not your fault is enough to deal with without worrying about how you will get by financially.

Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may be the best next step. By choosing a lawyer who understands not just personal injury cases, but also the specifics of boating accidents, you may be able to win you the compensation needed to right your financial ship.

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