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Boat Laws, Injuries, and Filing a Claim


When the sun is shining and the waters are sparkling, many take to the waters and enjoy time on boats. Boating in Florida attracts locals and tourists alike, but when accidents occur in the waterways surrounding Clearwater, Hudson, and Tampa, action needs to be taken in order for harmed individuals to recover physically and financially.

Popular Boating Locations and Maritime Protections

From the vibrant marinas of Clearwater Beach to the serene waters of Tampa Bay, the gulf coast communities of Florida offer an array of boating opportunities. Whether you’re exploring Caladesi Island State Park, fishing in Tampa Bay, or soaking up the sun near Honeymoon Island, the options are endless. While there is a lot of fun to be had, it’s important to remember that heavy boating activity brings heightened risks.

Because of maritime risks, understanding boating laws is paramount for every enthusiast. In Florida, boaters must adhere to regulations set forth by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). These laws encompass boat registration, operator age requirements, speed limits, and rules connected to alcohol consumption. Ignorance of these laws can lead to accidents and legal consequences.

Should a boating accident occur, immediate actions need to be taken, such as attending to any injured parties, notifying the authorities, and exchanging information with other involved parties. Seeking medical attention without delay is key, even for seemingly minor injuries, as some symptoms may manifest later.

Moving Forward with an Injury Claim

When it comes to filing a claim for a boat accident, the process of determining liability and negotiating settlements can be complicated. The details of the event will inform the recovery approach. For example, if the accident involves your own boat, your insurance coverage will likely be part of the damage recovery process. But if you were on a rental boat, liability may shift to the boat owner or rental company.

A Florida personal injury lawyer who has helped past clients secure comprehensive settlements can guide you through the legal process and advocate on your behalf for fair compensation. They can assess the extent of your injuries, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies. Whether it’s medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering, they’ll work tirelessly to secure a monetary award that reflects your damages.

Ideally people will understand maritime laws, potential boating risks, and what to do should an accident occur before an injury is sustained, but this isn’t always the case. Thankfully, injury lawyers who specialize in boat accidents are available if you have specific questions about your injury and boat laws or are interested in learning more about how to file a claim.

Has a Florida boating accident complicated your life? Enjoying the waters of Clearwater and the surrounding areas should be a source of joy and relaxation, but if an accident occurs, connect with the legal team at Roman & Roman. Knowledgeable injury lawyers can provide you with the support you need to pursue justice and fair compensation. When you are ready to have over 100 years of combined experience on your side, schedule a fee-free consultation.

Although the law firm of Roman & Roman has offices in Clearwater, Hudson and Tampa, we handle cases and claims throughout  Florida. We also meet personally with our clients if at all possible, rather than impersonally over the phone or on the Internet.

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Clearwater Office

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2274 FL-580
Clearwater, FL 33763
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Hernando: 352-796-2151
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Hudson, FL 34667
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Tampa, FL 33615
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