Boating Accidents

Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida


Florida’s climate and abundant access to water make it a recreational boater’s paradise. In addition, our several ports and over 2,000 miles of tidal shoreline provide thousands of jobs in many different types of maritime industries. With this many people working and playing on Florida’s waterways, accidents are bound to happen.


If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to a boating accident or other maritime accident, experienced Orlando boating accident attorney Stephen J. Knox can help ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.


Common Causes and Types of Boating Accidents


The most common causes and types of boating accidents in Florida include:


  • Maritime injury – Any type of work-related injury or accident that can happen on land can happen on or near a boat, ship, or barge. However, working on the water puts a maritime worker at increased risk for several kinds of injuries. Maritime workers are protected by the Jones Act and other specific laws that do not apply to non-maritime workers. Mr. Knox has handled many maritime injury claims and will know which laws apply to your case.
  • Drowning or near-drowning – Drowning is the leading cause of death in boating-related accidents. Near drowning often leads to lack of oxygen to the brain, which can result in severe brain damage and mental, physical, emotional, and behavioral disability.
  • Sunken or capsized boats – Several things can cause a boat to capsize or sink including navigation error, faulty boat construction or maintenance, design error, or any other form of human error.
  • Boating while impaired – Even though operating a boat while intoxicated is more common in recreational boating and personal watercraft accidents, it is often a factor in commercial maritime accidents. Statistics indicate that approximately half of all recreational boating accidents are drug or alcohol-related. 


A Complicated Area of Law


Boating accident cases can get very complicated, particularly when commercial vessels are involved. Several different people or parties can be found liable in such cases, depending on the nature of the accident. Mr. Knox has been handling boating accident claims in the Central Florida area for more than 20 years. He knows which laws will apply to your case and he understands the best strategies required to get maximum compensation for your damages in a boating accident claim.


If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and have been involved in a recreational boating or commercial maritime accident, please contact the Orlando personal injury law office of Stephen J. Knox today to arrange your free case evaluation. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.

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