Boating Accidents

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Boating Accidents

When living in Florida, taking the boat out on the weekends is a common past time – especially during long holiday weekends. As Floridians we get to enjoy this activity year round. What many people tend to forget is that boating accidents and deaths are a serious issue.

According to the U.S Coast Guards Recreational Boating Statistics most boating injuries and deaths are a result of alcohol use, pilot inattention and weather. In 2012 there were 227 recorded injuries due to alcohol use, 359 due to pilot inattention, and 103 due to weather. Compared to 1997 the number of boating deaths has dropped by half because we’re more aware of what causes accidents and there’s better technology to help us keep in touch and communicate if we’re in need of a rescue. Weather is not something we can control when we are boating, but alcohol use and pilot negligence are issues we do have power over. If you’ve been injured as a result of pilot negligence or any type of boating accident in Florida,Kanner & Pintaluga, P.A. can assist you in getting the justice you deserve.

Here are some tips that the U.S Coast Guard suggests boaters follow when on the water:

  • Wear Lifejackets: 90% of drowning victims weren’t using a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD). Lifejackets are more buoyant but also bulkier and less comfortable which is why many people opt to use PFD’s.
  • Stay Alert: Boating Under the Influence (BUI) contributes to 17% of boating fatalities every year. Not only is the person driving the boat responsible for their own life but they’re also responsible for the passengers. Just like driving under the influence, boating under the influence should be taken very seriously.
  • Stay in Touch: Even though nowadays everybody has a cell phone, they can become inaccessible when boating. It’s best to always have a VHF marine radio on board because they guarantee communication, especially if you need to guide rescuers to a certain location.
  • Stay Informed: It’s important that everyone on the boat, not only the driver, is alert and aware of what’s going on around them. The pilot, of course, should be properly trained on how to safely operate the boat.

Every year, about 700 American’s die from recreational boating accidents. Most of these accidents occur in the summertime when drivers and passengers are more likely to worry about the amount of alcohol in their cooler than the amount of gas in their tank. As a result, many accidents are attributed to negligence and excessive alcohol use. If you or someone you know has been injured while boating consult Kanner & Pintaluga, P.A. They have offices all over Florida in Miami, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers and Naples and will guide you through the necessary steps to take, fight for your rights and get you the money you deserve.

 

 

Automobile accidents

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in automobile accidents. In fact, auto accidents are the one of the leading causes of death in the United States today. Sadly, many of these accidents are caused by inattentive drivers. These drivers attempt to drive while reading text messages, talking on the phone, or even watching television. They are negligent and can be legally responsible for any accidents they cause. The victims of such accidents can suffer terrible injuries, ranging from broken bones, whiplash, and concussions to spine, neck and head trauma, amputations, or brain damage. These injuries can also require extensive medical care, which can be extremely expensive. Further expenses may result from the need for ongoing or continuing care, such as rehabilitation, therapy, and follow-up visits to the doctor or specialist. And while all of this is going on, the victim may be unable to work, thus not only unable to pay for medical expenses, but also unable to pay regular bills, such as rent or mortgage payments, buy groceries, and so forth.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, it is imperative that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Proper, experienced legal representation can make all the difference in the world when you are trying to get the compensation you need and deserve. Don’t put your future at the mercy of the insurance company lawyers. The Kanner and Pintaluga law firm has years of experience standing up for the rights of accident victims, and has repeatedly taken on the insurance companies in court. Often, merely having a lawyer on your side prompts insurance companies to try and settle out of court, so in many cases there is no need to even go to trial. But either way, having a knowledgeable lawyer to advise you is the best way to protect your interests and protect your rights. The Kanner and Pintaluga law firm is here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call as soon as possible and speak to a lawyer who will evaluate your claim and guide you through the legal processes involved in getting fair compensation for your suffering and injuries.

Motorcycle riding

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Motorcycle riding is one of the most popular pasttimes in the United states. Unfortunately, this means there are more motorcycle crashes and accidents involving motorcycles every year. People who ride motorcycles are at a far greater risk of sustaining a serious injury or dying in an accident than they would be if they were in a car, due to the limited amount of physical protection a motorcycle can offer. Thus, even an accident at low speeds can inflict grievous injuries upon the rider, resulting in severe injury, disability, or death.

According to statistics, in some areas more than half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by the other driver. Motorcycles can be difficult to notice in high volume traffic situations, and this problem is exacerbated by inattentive or distracted drivers, or drivers who are overly aggressive. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you may have the right to seek compensation for medical bills, damage to property, and lost wages.

If you have suffered a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call the law firm of Kanner and Pintaluga today. Speak to an experienced legal team who will make your case and your legal rights their priority. You deserve to have knowledgeable and qualified legal representation to ensure that you recieve the compensation you are entitled to by law. Don’t settle for what the insurance companies hand you without first having your case reviewed by a member of the Kanner and Pintaluga legal team. Make sure your rights are being protected and your legal claims are aggressively pursued.