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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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PEER-TO-PEER BOATING INJURIES

PEER-TO-PEER BOATING INJURIES IN FLORIDA

Who is responsible for boating injuries when the vessel is a peer-to-peer boat rental or part of a boat-sharing agreement? In Florida, it depends upon where the injuries occurred, and in turn whether maritime law applies. Find yourself a good maritime attorney because most of these cases will involve maritime law. 

The following companies tout themselves as peer-to-peer boat rental or boat sharing services:

COMPANYLOCATIONBOATS
BOATSETTER 600+19,785
CLICK&BOAT67 COUNTRIES31,000
GETMYBOAT184 COUNTRIES130,000
SAMBOATWORLDWIDE40,000

All of these companies share the same dynamic in that they are hooking up boat owners with boating passengers. Some P2P companies offer captains, but others offer what is known in maritime law as a “bareboat” charter—meaning that the renter is handed over the boat with no captain or crew. 

In Florida, there is no boating driver’s license required to operate a boat; however, for persons born on January 1, 1988 or later, the operator is required to complete an approved boating safety course, pass a test, and keep a boater I.D. card on them while operating a vessel in Florida. (Exception: the vessel’s motor is below 10 hp.) Passing the boating course and test is not the same as having a qualified captain operate the boat, and that is part of the problem. Florida law does not require any number of hours of operation of a vessel before a person can operate a powerful and fast boat. Florida does not require any “driving” test to prove a person is qualified to operate a recreational boat. 

Florida Boating Accident Lawyer

Florida has more boats registered—almost 1 million—than any other state. That means there will be a lot of boats on the water on a good Spring weekend day, on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, etc. Not all of these boats will have qualified captains. If you are injured as a result of a negligent captain or owner of a vessel, you need to find a good maritime attorney.

You already did. You can have confidence in our 25 years of handling boating crash and boating injury cases. We are maritime attorneys practicing in Tampa Bay and throughout all of Florida—to the Keys to Jacksonville to Pensacola. Do not be fooled by attorneys who say they “own” a boat. That is not the same as knowing the body of law that applies to boating accident cases in Florida. If you have an auto accident, call an auto accident attorney. When you have a boating crash or boating injury accident, call the law firm that specializes in boating accident cases. 

 1-888-BOAT-LAW || TAMPA BAY BOAT ATTORNEYS

 WE ARE OPEN ON WEEKENDS—WE ARE READY

Florida Boating Accident Lawyer

PEER-TO-PEER BOATING INJURIES IN FLORIDA

Who is responsible for boating injuries when the vessel is a peer-to-peer boat rental or part of a boat-sharing agreement? In Florida, it depends upon where the injuries occurred, and in turn whether maritime law applies. Find yourself a good maritime attorney because most of these cases will involve maritime law. 

The following companies tout themselves as peer-to-peer boat rental or boat sharing services:

COMPANYLOCATIONBOATS
BOATSETTER 600+19,785
CLICK&BOAT67 COUNTRIES31,000
GETMYBOAT184 COUNTRIES130,000
SAMBOATWORLDWIDE40,000

All of these companies share the same dynamic in that they are hooking up boat owners with boating passengers. Some P2P companies offer captains, but others offer what is known in maritime law as a “bareboat” charter—meaning that the renter is handed over the boat with no captain or crew. 

In Florida, there is no boating driver’s license required to operate a boat; however, for persons born on January 1, 1988 or later, the operator is required to complete an approved boating safety course, pass a test, and keep a boater I.D. card on them while operating a vessel in Florida. (Exception: the vessel’s motor is below 10 hp.) Passing the boating course and test is not the same as having a qualified captain operate the boat, and that is part of the problem. Florida law does not require any number of hours of operation of a vessel before a person can operate a powerful and fast boat. Florida does not require any “driving” test to prove a person is qualified to operate a recreational boat. 

Florida Boating Accident Lawyer

Florida has more boats registered—almost 1 million—than any other state. That means there will be a lot of boats on the water on a good Spring weekend day, on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, etc. Not all of these boats will have qualified captains. If you are injured as a result of a negligent captain or owner of a vessel, you need to find a good maritime attorney.

You already did. You can have confidence in our 25 years of handling boating crash and boating injury cases. We are maritime attorneys practicing in Tampa Bay and throughout all of Florida—to the Keys to Jacksonville to Pensacola. Do not be fooled by attorneys who say they “own” a boat. That is not the same as knowing the body of law that applies to boating accident cases in Florida. If you have an auto accident, call an auto accident attorney. When you have a boating crash or boating injury accident, call the law firm that specializes in boating accident cases. 

 1-888-BOAT-LAW || TAMPA BAY BOAT ATTORNEYS

 WE ARE OPEN ON WEEKENDS—WE ARE READY

By : Butler Boating Accident & Injury Lawyer | March 23, 2021 | Boating Accidents