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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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Crashes At Night

BOATING CRASHES AT NIGHT

Unfortunately boating crashes at night are commonplace now. It likely has something to do with the higher prevalence of vessels in the State of Florida. 961,266 in 2019—the last numbers released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (“FWC”). 

Also contributing to boat crashes is the fact that few boats have any form of headlights. We see that some of the newer models do but as a percentage these are very few. Also, onboard lighting creates a halo effect which actually diminishes the driver’s ability to discern channel markers and other structures. 

Many channel markers are not lighted. Or if they once were lighted the lighting is not functional. Channel markers are set to withstand the forces of nature. Unfortunately striking a channel marker usually results in significant injury, and there are many instances where it causes death, 

This also does not take into account vessels at night striking jetties, docks, seawalls or another vessel. Boating at night is a dangerous undertaking. This is especially true at any high rate of speed. The boating manufacturers overall have not done a good job in making their vessels more visible at night. With no headlights and many times very small navigation lights it is difficult to see other vessels on the water. We have handled many boating injury crashes which occurred at night. We recently concluded a case where one vessel t-boned and cut all the way through a second vessel. We have also handled boating crash cases where an operator has struck channel markers, vessels, and docks. 

If you have a boating crash case talk to the attorneys who actually handle this type of case. We are not dog-bite attorneys. We do boating crash injury cases. You can trust our 25 years experience handling boating crash cases. 

We are in Tampa Bay and throughout all of Florida. 888-B-O-A-T-L-A-W.  

We are ready.

Pinellas Boat Accidents

BOATING CRASHES AT NIGHT

Unfortunately boating crashes at night are commonplace now. It likely has something to do with the higher prevalence of vessels in the State of Florida. 961,266 in 2019—the last numbers released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (“FWC”). 

Also contributing to boat crashes is the fact that few boats have any form of headlights. We see that some of the newer models do but as a percentage these are very few. Also, onboard lighting creates a halo effect which actually diminishes the driver’s ability to discern channel markers and other structures. 

Many channel markers are not lighted. Or if they once were lighted the lighting is not functional. Channel markers are set to withstand the forces of nature. Unfortunately striking a channel marker usually results in significant injury, and there are many instances where it causes death, 

This also does not take into account vessels at night striking jetties, docks, seawalls or another vessel. Boating at night is a dangerous undertaking. This is especially true at any high rate of speed. The boating manufacturers overall have not done a good job in making their vessels more visible at night. With no headlights and many times very small navigation lights it is difficult to see other vessels on the water. We have handled many boating injury crashes which occurred at night. We recently concluded a case where one vessel t-boned and cut all the way through a second vessel. We have also handled boating crash cases where an operator has struck channel markers, vessels, and docks. 

If you have a boating crash case talk to the attorneys who actually handle this type of case. We are not dog-bite attorneys. We do boating crash injury cases. You can trust our 25 years experience handling boating crash cases. 

We are in Tampa Bay and throughout all of Florida. 888-B-O-A-T-L-A-W.  

We are ready.

By : Butler Boating Accident & Injury Lawyer | November 11, 2020 | Boating Accidents