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When Two Boats Are About to Collide, Which Operator Is Legally Responsible?

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If you are spending a day out on your boat and get into a headfirst collision with another boat, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. When two boats are about to collide, it is commonly the result of one operator acting recklessly and not adhering to the rules of the water. In order to determine who exactly is responsible, it is best to partner with a dedicated attorney to help establish liability and demonstrate negligence on behalf of the other operator. 

Nobody should have to pay the emotional and financial price of another operator’s negligence, especially when it results in costly repairs to your boat and potentially long-lasting injuries. McPherson & Thomas, P.A., have proudly served the New Port Richey community for over 25 years now and would love to bring our unique and documented experience to help with your case today. 

How Is Fault Established After a Boating Accident? 

Fault is established through negligence. You must prove that: 

  • The other boat operator owed you a standard of care to drive safely
  • They breached this care by operating their boat in a reckless manner
  • This breach caused a collision between your two boats
  • The collision directly resulted in your property damage and injury

When two boats are about to collide, the at-fault party will be determined based on these factors. Your attorney can help investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident and gather any potentially relevant evidence to demonstrate what happened. It is important to note that Florida currently follows a modified contributory negligence law, meaning you can recover damages as long as you are deemed to be not greater than 50% responsible for the accident. Your damages would be adjusted accordingly. 

How a Dedicated Attorney Can Help After Your Boat Accident

When it comes to handling the aftermath of your boating accident, it is important you have a knowledgeable attorney by your side. The team at McPherson & Thomas, P.A. is here to help handle the tricky parts of your case while you focus on resting and recovering from your accident. This includes filing your claim within Florida’s two-year statute of limitations deadline. We will ensure that all of the correct documentation has been included and that adequate evidence has been collected and analyzed. 

The insurance company is not your friend. We will handle all communication, scheduling, and negotiations with them to fight for you to recover the full amount of economic and non-economic damages you deserve after your accident. It can be tempting to accept an early settlement offer, but it almost never will fully cover your total losses. Our team understands how important financial compensation can be after an accident, which is why we fight so hard to protect your future. If a worthy settlement agreement cannot be reached, we are even prepared to take your case to court. 

Schedule Your Free Consultation With McPherson & Thomas, P.A., Today

Don’t try to handle your boat accident claim alone. Scott McPherson and Ian Thomas have committed their professional careers to safeguarding the rights and futures of their local community. With a track record spanning more than 25 years, McPherson & Thomas, P.A., has been the steadfast partner of New Port Richey residents, shining a light on their personal injury cases and ensuring that our clients receive the rightful compensation for their injuries. We pride ourselves on our people-centered approach, providing you with an unparalleled level of service characterized by personalized care and unwavering attention.

To start the process of protecting your future today, please don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation by utilizing our contact form or by reaching out directly to our office at (727) 848-8892.

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