Boating Accidents

St. Petersburg Boat Accident Attorneys

Florida is a boat lover’s paradise, with thousands of miles of ocean and intercostal waterways to enjoy and explore. Unfortunately, boating accidents are commonplace in St. Petersburg where water enthusiasts are injured or killed in fishing, water skiing, jet skiing or boat crash accidents.

Have You Been Injured in a Pinellas County Boating Accident? We are Here to Help

The Personal Injury attorneys at Whittel & Melton advocate for clients by holding insurance corporations and the people who caused their accidents accountable by filing insurance claims or by bringing a civil suit in court.

If you have been injured, one of our skilled Boating Accident attorneys can assist you in securing compensation for your damages and loss. Many times, we can also help you obtain medical care while your cases is pending, even if you do not have health insurance and can assist with other costs associated with your accident.

The involvement of one of our attorneys early in a case ensures that you obtain the best possible outcome for your circumstances and that you have the opportunity to recover the highest amount of financial compensation possible for your injuries, damage to your boat, and pain and suffering, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. In fact, founding partner Robert Whittel served in the United States Navy, and is a retired Lieutenant Commander— maritime experience that provides Whittel & Melton boating accident victims with a distinct advantage when making claims against negligent boaters and their insurance companies.

Let us help you. Call us today at 813-221-3200.

Causes of St. Petersburg Boating Accidents

The St. Petersburg boating accident attorneys at Whittel & Melton have seen numerous causes of boating crashes. Data shows that most of these accidents are caused by operator inexperience or inattention. Tragically, boater education is the main deterrent of boating fatalities, and statistics show that over 80% of all boating fatalities happen where operators have not completed a boating safety education course. Other reasons that boating accidents include:

  • Negligent boat operation
  • Driver inattention and distraction
  • Speeding
  • Overcrowding
  • Excessive drinking
  • Passengers not wearing life jackets.

Of these causes, consumption of alcohol while operating a boat is the most prevalent. Nearly one-third of all recreational boating fatalities, are alcohol or drug-related related, and this is the number one cause of boating accident deaths.

Our representation does not cost our clients anything unless we recover for their injuries. If you have been injured in boating accident in St. Petersburg, please contact us for a consultation.

Call 813-221-3200 today.

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