With its beautiful weather and access to the ocean, Miami can truly be called a boater’s paradise. However, tragic boating accidents claim the lives of people off of Florida’s coasts every year. If you have lost a loved one to a boating accident, you may be wondering if the boat owner or pilot could be held liable. The emotional and economic impact of a family member’s death can be unbearable. Therefore, while seeking compensation following a fatal boating accident may not be something you are actively looking to do, circumstances may leave you with no choice.
Many believe that the legal doctrine of assumption of risk applies to boating. This philosophy states that your right to recover damages following an accident is forfeited if you or the one whom you represent understood the danger inherent with the action being undertaken. When applied to boating, it implies that passengers understand the risks associated with boating, and accept them when they step on the boat.