"Whether it's a whiplash, serious injury or wrongful death case, we pride ourselves on representing you with the personal service and aggressive representation that you expect and deserve!" -Attorney Ron Sholes
Orange Park Boating Accident Lawyer
Boating & Personal Watercraft Accidents in Clay County
For many Floridians, nothing beats a day out on the water. Unfortunately, what begins as a fun day of boating can quickly turn into a nightmare when others fail to follow basic safety measures. All too often, negligent and reckless boaters cause devastating accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we represent individuals who have suffered due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or unlawful conduct. At our Orange Park office, we handle a wide range of boating accident claims and lawsuits on behalf of the injured, including cases involving recreational speedboats, powerboats, fishing boats, Jet Skis, Sea-Doos, WaveRunners, swimmers, towing accidents, and more.
What Are the Main Causes of Boating Accidents?
Simply put, most boating accidents result from negligence. Because it is a fun, recreational activity, many people have relatively lax attitudes when it comes to boating safety. It is not uncommon to see boaters consuming alcohol, speeding, or engaging in any number of reckless activities while out on the water. Sadly, this can have tragic consequences.
Some of the main causes of boating accidents include:
- Operator inexperience
- Distracted boating
- Failure to keep a lookout
- Improper towing
- Collisions with objects in the water
- Hazardous waters
Not all boating accidents are the result of another person’s negligence, however. Sometimes, mechanical failures or defective parts can cause serious accidents and injuries. Faulty safety equipment, such as lifejackets, can also cause or contribute to catastrophic injuries, such as near-drownings and brain injuries, as well as fatalities.
Who Is Liable for Boating Accidents?
Determining who is liable for a boating accident is a critical element of your personal injury claim—but it can also be very complicated. Even when a case seems relatively straightforward, proving liability may require gathering the right evidence, evaluating this evidence, and effectively presenting it to a judge or jury.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we work with a team of on-staff investigators who help us determine exactly how a boating accident occurred, what factors were at play, and, most importantly, who is liable for your damages.
Depending on the specifics of your situation, the liable party could be one of the following:
- Another boater or operator of a personal watercraft
- The company that owns, leases, or rents the other vessel
- The manufacturer of a defective vessel or specific mechanical part
- The manufacturer or distributor of a piece of boating equipment
- A passenger on another vessel
- Another third party, such as a swimmer or the parent/guardian of an underage boat operator
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we firmly believe that you should not have to simply suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. If you were gravely injured or if someone you love died in a boating accident, we can help you fight for the recovery and justice you are owed.
Over a Century of Combined Legal Experience
When it comes to personal injury litigation, there is no substitute for experience. At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., our Orange Park boating accident attorneys have more than 100 years of combined legal experience and a proven track record of success in complex accident and injury claims. We understand the challenges you are facing, as well as the difficulties that still lay ahead. That is why our team offers caring, personalized guidance and aggressive advocacy tailored to your unique needs, concerns, and goals.
When you choose our firm, you receive direct access to your legal team every step of the way; we even provide our clients with their attorney’s direct cell phone number and we always answer all phone calls to the firm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you reach out to us, you always get a real, live person who is ready to answer your questions and guide you on the next steps.
After a devastating boat or personal watercraft accident, let our firm help you get back on your feet. As your neighborhood attorney, we truly care about you and your recovery. We are ready to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve so that you can simply focus on healing and moving forward with your life.