Florida Deep-sea Fishing And Charter Fishing Accidents
Deep-Sea Fishing typically occurs when water depths are at 30 meters or more. Being able to fish in deeper waters allows for a bigger assortment of fish to choose from. A popular form of sport angling, it is also referred to as offshore boat fishing or big game fishing. Much different than typically shallow water fishing, deep sea fishing involves catching fish like tuna, swordfish, sharks, and marlins.
The coast of Florida offers some of the best Deep Sea Fishing spots in the world. Right off the shores of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, the seas are teeming with big game fish: Bluefin tuna, dolphin fish, marlin and more. According the a Survey for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida is ranked No. 1 in the nation for saltwater anglers. This has lead to a big economic impact. It is estimated that saltwater recreational fishing industry accounts for 7.6 billion and supports over 100,000 jobs.
Dangers Involved With Deep Sea & Chapter Fishing:
Accidents involving charter boats can happen and serious injuries and fatalities can occur. Some examples of the Charter boat accidents include:
- Negligent navigation
- Poorly trained crew
- Improper operation by the boat captain
- Unsafe or un-maintained equipment
- Slip and fall accidents due to wet surfaces
- Injuries caused by lack of oversight by captain or crew members
- Faulting hooks, fishing rods, or unsupervised and inexperienced passengers not looking out for others before casting their rods
- Motor and/or boat not properly serviced
- Falling overboard
Contact Zimmerman & Frachtman Today
The attorneys at Zimmerman & Frachtman are experienced in Maritime law and can prepare clients for complexities of maritime law cases. For example, in maritime law, boat owners’ can limit the liability to only the value of their vessel. This can make seeking damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering all but impossible.
If you or a loved one have been injured at the hands of a charter boat or deep sea fishing accident contact the boating accident attorneys at Zimmerman & Frachtman or call (954) 504-6577 for a free consultation.
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