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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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Florida Boating Accidents In 2020

FLORIDA BOATING CRASH STATISTICS FOR 2020

Florida just released its boating crash statistics for the year 2020—the most recent data available. 402 of the total 836 boating accidents involved collisions in 2020. 44% of those boating crashes involved inattention or failing to keep a proper lookout. Responsibility to keep a lookout is Rule 5 of the U.S. Coast Guard Rules of the Road. The 2020 total of 836 boating accidents is an increase over 2019 of 113 boating accidents. 79 people died in 2020 from boating accidents, with falling overboard and drowning as the most prevalent type of fatal accident. Of the collision injuries 193 were as a result of an impact with a vessel, and 118 were as a result of an impact with a fixed object.  

Why is this happening? Certainly the number of vessels on the water has increased. Florida is closing in on 1 million registered vessels. Florida now listed 985,000 vessels in 2020. That is an increase of 24,000 vessels over the previous year. It is estimated that another 1 million unregistered vessels also use Florida waterways.

More boat crashes in Florida are attributable to more boats on the water. The rise in number of boats each year is many thousands. Also, boating rental companies and boating membership companies are seeing increased business during the Covid 19 shutdown as boating is seen as being a way to get outdoors without being exposed to the virus. Marine Max—it is the largest recreational boat and yacht retailer–declared its sales of boats increased 19% in 2020. Same-store sales growth was up 37% in 2020. 

Here is a very important thing to remember. If you or a family member has been the victim of a boating crash or boating accident, you need a boat crash attorney who knows maritime law. The overwhelming majority of boating accidents in Florida will be governed by maritime law—not Florida law. Right. They are in overwhelming majority of boating injury cases not governed by Florida law. Don’t make the mistake of hiring a car accident attorney to handle your boating accident case. Most car accidents in Florida are governed by Florida law; the majority of  boating crash accidents in Florida aren’t. Don’t leave your important case to an   attorney who handles dogbite cases. You can have trust in our 25 years experience in successfully handling boating accident cases. 

You can talk with an attorney right now who specializes in boating accident injury cases like yours. The specialists in boating injury cases. 

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FLORIDA BOATING CRASH STATISTICS FOR 2020

Florida just released its boating crash statistics for the year 2020—the most recent data available. 402 of the total 836 boating accidents involved collisions in 2020. 44% of those boating crashes involved inattention or failing to keep a proper lookout. Responsibility to keep a lookout is Rule 5 of the U.S. Coast Guard Rules of the Road. The 2020 total of 836 boating accidents is an increase over 2019 of 113 boating accidents. 79 people died in 2020 from boating accidents, with falling overboard and drowning as the most prevalent type of fatal accident. Of the collision injuries 193 were as a result of an impact with a vessel, and 118 were as a result of an impact with a fixed object.  

Why is this happening? Certainly the number of vessels on the water has increased. Florida is closing in on 1 million registered vessels. Florida now listed 985,000 vessels in 2020. That is an increase of 24,000 vessels over the previous year. It is estimated that another 1 million unregistered vessels also use Florida waterways.

More boat crashes in Florida are attributable to more boats on the water. The rise in number of boats each year is many thousands. Also, boating rental companies and boating membership companies are seeing increased business during the Covid 19 shutdown as boating is seen as being a way to get outdoors without being exposed to the virus. Marine Max—it is the largest recreational boat and yacht retailer–declared its sales of boats increased 19% in 2020. Same-store sales growth was up 37% in 2020. 

Here is a very important thing to remember. If you or a family member has been the victim of a boating crash or boating accident, you need a boat crash attorney who knows maritime law. The overwhelming majority of boating accidents in Florida will be governed by maritime law—not Florida law. Right. They are in overwhelming majority of boating injury cases not governed by Florida law. Don’t make the mistake of hiring a car accident attorney to handle your boating accident case. Most car accidents in Florida are governed by Florida law; the majority of  boating crash accidents in Florida aren’t. Don’t leave your important case to an   attorney who handles dogbite cases. You can have trust in our 25 years experience in successfully handling boating accident cases. 

You can talk with an attorney right now who specializes in boating accident injury cases like yours. The specialists in boating injury cases. 

  888 BOAT LAW.COM||FLORIDA BOATING ATTORNEYS

   WE ARE OPEN ON WEEKENDS–WE ARE READY NOW

By : Butler Boating Accident & Injury Lawyer | May 20, 2021 | Boating Accidents