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BOATING ACCIDENTS

Florida leads the nation with more than 896,000 registered vessels.  Naples and Southwest Florida are considered to be one of the best places in the world for recreational boaters.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported last year that there were 736 reportable boating accidents and 62 boating related fatalities.  Personal watercraft, such as Jetski’s and Waverunner’s, accounted for 11% of all registered vessels in Florida and were involved in 19% of reportable boating accidents.

Some of the primary causes of boating accidents in Florida are failure to have a proper lookout, excessive speed, operator inexperience, operator inattention, careless or reckless behavior and alcohol use, resulting in injuries such as lacerations and contusions, broken bones, head and internal injuries, burns, amputations and death.  More times than not these injuries were caused by the negligence of the vessel’s operator.

Darrin M. Phillips is nearly a lifelong resident of Naples and has spent much of his life on the local waterways.  He is familiar with the laws, regulations and standards that apply to boat operators in Florida, and skilled in analyzing the many complex factors in your case and developing the proper theories of liability given your unique set of facts.  He also has many years of expertise in dealing with the insurance companies and defense attorneys who will try to defend or deny your claim, and is prepared to take every step necessary to get you the recovery that you’re entitled to under the law, including presenting your case to a jury if necessary.

Call Naples boating accident attorney Darrin M. Phillips for a free consultation about your case.  If we accept your case, you pay us no fee unless we win.



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