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FRANK D. BUTLER is an attorney in the State of Florida for the past 22 years and is licensed in every Court in Florida, including all state and federal courts. Frank is an avid outdoor enthusiast and represents people injured in boating accidents and cruise ship injuries. You should be careful to hire an attorney who knows the issues specific to cruise ship cases and boating accidents.

I grew up in Florida and have been around the boating and marine industry my entire life. I have filed suit against all of the cruiselines that operate in Florida and have successfully handled boating cases throughout Florida. It’s what we do. Maritime law is very complex and you need to make sure that the attorney you choose has experience in handling these types of cases.

Many attorneys advertise for boating injury and cruise ship cases. See our “Very Important Information” under the Cruise Ship button and our “10 Things You Need To Know” under the Boating Accidents button. If the attorney you are considering cannot answer these questions, you should consider whether they actually handle these types of cases.
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Why would an attorney just advertise for boating or cruise cases if they do not handle them? First, an attorney can refer your case to a maritime attorney and collect a referral fee. Second, an attorney can try to handle your boating or cruise ship claim even if they have never handled one at all. At our law firm we do not handle real estate law, bankruptcy, divorces, contracts, criminal law, probate, tax matters, medical malpractice, etc.

Your consultation with us is at absolutely no charge to you. There are no fees and no costs to you unless we win your case. See our Cruise Ship button and Boating Accidents button for very important information you should know regarding your claim. Maritime law imposes shorter statutes of limitation than most state courts.


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CANOE CRASH NEAR DAVIS ISLANDS

The Devastating Crash Involving A Canoe

These are always difficult, tragic, stories to read. The Tampa Bay Times reports that a canoe—perhaps a Gheenoe?–fitted with an outboard motor crashed into a piling and ejected the operator yesterday August 5, 2018 near David Islands in Tampa. The report indicates that the motor was still running and with no one holding the tiller the vessel began circling. The article continues that witnesses say the female passenger jumped out of the vessel but her hair became entangled in the motor. There is no indication from the article as to whether the propeller struck her or not, but it does say she was breathing when the witnesses were able to get the vessel up to shore and free her.

These vessels are particularly dangerous of themselves when fitted with a motor. The US Coast Guard in conjunction with boat manufacturers sets both a weight limit and a horsepower limit for vessels. Canoes are not typically rated for outboard engines. Gheenoes are often fitted with outboard motors and actually travel at surprisingly quick speeds. However, the design of a canoe or Gheenoe is not conducive to high speeds. There is not enough stability to handle turns or oncoming wake—which can come from the side, not just the front of a canoe or Gheenoe. This is what makes them especially dangerous: they are relatively lightweight, an outboard motor can be affixed to either one, they can achieve appreciable speed, but the structure of them makes them unstable with speed or in even relatively small waves.

Maritime law is going to apply to that situation. If the vessel or the operator was insured, it will not surprise us that the insurer will try to limit the liability to the worth of the vessel. This is a law which needs to be changed however it is doubtful that Congress is going to take any action to take away the foolish and unnecessary application of the Limitation of Liability Act to recreational vessels. In a “Limitation” action the insurer tries to use this law—which all admit was clearly designed to be used in the commercial context—and limit recovery of victims of even a recreational boating crash to the worth of the recreational vessel. Even more egregious is the insurer tries this “limitation” regardless of how much insurance the owner of the vessel may have had. There are defenses to such an action by an insurer but that has to be done correctly.

 

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The Devastating Crash Involving A Canoe

These are always difficult, tragic, stories to read. The Tampa Bay Times reports that a canoe—perhaps a Gheenoe?–fitted with an outboard motor crashed into a piling and ejected the operator yesterday August 5, 2018 near David Islands in Tampa. The report indicates that the motor was still running and with no one holding the tiller the vessel began circling. The article continues that witnesses say the female passenger jumped out of the vessel but her hair became entangled in the motor. There is no indication from the article as to whether the propeller struck her or not, but it does say she was breathing when the witnesses were able to get the vessel up to shore and free her.

These vessels are particularly dangerous of themselves when fitted with a motor. The US Coast Guard in conjunction with boat manufacturers sets both a weight limit and a horsepower limit for vessels. Canoes are not typically rated for outboard engines. Gheenoes are often fitted with outboard motors and actually travel at surprisingly quick speeds. However, the design of a canoe or Gheenoe is not conducive to high speeds. There is not enough stability to handle turns or oncoming wake—which can come from the side, not just the front of a canoe or Gheenoe. This is what makes them especially dangerous: they are relatively lightweight, an outboard motor can be affixed to either one, they can achieve appreciable speed, but the structure of them makes them unstable with speed or in even relatively small waves.

Maritime law is going to apply to that situation. If the vessel or the operator was insured, it will not surprise us that the insurer will try to limit the liability to the worth of the vessel. This is a law which needs to be changed however it is doubtful that Congress is going to take any action to take away the foolish and unnecessary application of the Limitation of Liability Act to recreational vessels. In a “Limitation” action the insurer tries to use this law—which all admit was clearly designed to be used in the commercial context—and limit recovery of victims of even a recreational boating crash to the worth of the recreational vessel. Even more egregious is the insurer tries this “limitation” regardless of how much insurance the owner of the vessel may have had. There are defenses to such an action by an insurer but that has to be done correctly.

 

By : First Page Attorney | August 6, 2018 | Boating Accidents