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Clearwater Boat Accident Lawyer

Injured While Boating in Pinellas County? You Have Rights! Call (727) 877-1212.

Florida draws people who love to fish, boat for recreation, ski, tube and more. While this is a popular hobby for fun and relaxation, it can also be dangerous and result in serious or sometimes fatal accidents. As Florida natives, the boat accident attorneys at Roman & Gaynor know the dangers of boating and can advocate for the rights of the injured.

If you or a loved one has been harmed in a preventable boating accident, contact our firm to discuss your legal rights during a free, no-obligation consultation.

Boating Under the Influence Injuries & Accidents

It is against the law for a person to drive any vehicle, whether an automobile or watercraft, under the influence of alcohol (at or above .08 percent for those over 21 and .02 percent for those under the legal drinking age). Not only is boating under the influence a crime, violators can face civil actions from victims and their families.

If you or a family member were injured or killed by boat driver that was intoxicated, our skilled team of personal injury lawyers in Clearwater can bring the negligent individual to justice and pursue the financial compensation you deserve!

Florida Boating & Personal Watercraft Laws

Boating in Florida is in large part regulated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC has regulations regarding boat registration, accidents, careless operation of vessels and much more. When boaters do not heed Florida boating regulations, serious accidents can occur and victims are entitled to seek a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.

Is it Illegal to Leave a Boating Accident Scene?

In the event that a vessel is involved in a serious accident that results in injury to another person that is more serious than can be remediated with simple first aid, the boat's operator must call either the FWC, police or the local sheriff.

Just as it is illegal for a driver involved in an accident to flee the scene, it is illegal for a boater to leave the scene of an accident involving injury or excessive property damage.

Is Reckless Boating Illegal?

Boating that is determined to be reckless or careless can be charged as an infraction or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances. Reckless or careless operation is defined as boating that does not take into consideration the safety of others or actions that willfully disregard the safety of others.

What is the Maximum Capacity for Boats?

Rather than being dictated by Florida statute, the weight capacity is dictated per vessel by the manufacturer. It is not only against the law to overload a boat with people, but it is extremely dangerous.

What are Florida Boating Regulations?

These regulations include equipping people in tow with flotation devices, hours for legal boat operation (illegal once sun goes down), wake zones, and age restrictions. If you would like to learn more about Florida boating regulations, visit the FWC's website.

Representing Residents & Tourists. Call for a Free Consultation!

Whether you are a resident of Florida or were visiting when you were injured in your boat or personal watercraft accident, a Clearwater boating accident attorney at Roman & Gaynor can help you.

If you suffered a serious injury while out on the water either because of a boater's negligence or a defect with your watercraft, our firm can fight for your right to financial compensation.

Call (727) 877-1212 today to discuss your boat accident case in a free initial case evaluation.

We Have Recovered Over $85 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $520,000.00 Settlement in Auto Accident
    A husband and wife were traveling 55 mph in the middle lane when they were suddenly side-swiped. Their vehicle sustained tremendous property damage to the driver’s side and the mirror had even ripped off the door. The at-fault driver fled the scene, but was later charged and arrested for a DUI. The insurance adjuster initially offered to settle the claim for a very minimal amount. The wife underwent neck surgery and the husband had back surgery. After operative reports were submitted to the adjuster, the policy limits of the at-fault party were tendered along with two underinsured motorist policies in this case for a total resolution of $520,000.
  • $425,000.00 Settlement After Semi Tractor Trailor Runs Client Off Road
    Roman and Gaynor's client was driving on US-19 in Louisiana behind a Semi-truck with a trailer attached. After clipping the side of the clients car, the trailer came completely unhinged, causing a devastating collision, resulting in closed head injury. After protracted litigation, settlement was reached in the amount of $425,000.

Reviews From Our Clients

  • “You and your wonderful staff have restored my faith in the legal profession.”

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  • “Coming away from our first meeting, I knew that all would be well and that I was in good hands.”

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  • “I feel the staff and handling of my case was impressive and extremely professional.”

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  • “I really felt taken care of by your team. Everyone was very professional.”

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  • “I cannot stress enough how professional, comfortable and relaxed I was at trial. ”

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  • “Your firm more than met our expectations. We were extremely satisfied!”

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  • “We truly want to thank you for not only representing us but all of your help, guidance and friendship.”

    Harry & Ellie H.

  • “I can attest that your motto "We Really Care" and "Compassionate Justice" are not just mere words...”

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  • “Prompt, aggressive, compassionate representation is exactly what I received.”

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  • “I am very satisfied with your service and I will recommend it to anybody.”

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A Firm That Stands Out

  • Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
  • Two Attorneys Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Over $85 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • 24 Hour Availability
  • Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluations
  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

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