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Boating Accidents

boating accident photo The TEN-LAW boating accident attorney in Sarasota County or Manatee County focuses on representing boaters and cruise ship passengers who have been injured due to negligence. Who was negligent? It may have been the operator; the manufacturer; or the person maintaining the watercraft. It may have been a cruise ship owner. We are dedicated to seeking all appropriate compensation including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

For a FREE CONSULTATION with a boating accident attorney in Sarasota. Call now at 941-309-5240.

Let our boating accident attorney in Sarasota examine what happened to you. Under Florida law, all operators must drive their watercraft in a safe manner so as to avoid injuries to others. Companies or individuals manufacturing or maintaining craft are also legally required to do so in a competent manner in accordance with the standards of the industry.


The TEN-LAW boating accident attorney in Sarasota County or Manatee County understands the circumstances in which a problem on the water could occur, and should have been prevented. Talk with us about what happened to you. The top causes include:

  • Operator inexperience
  • Operator inattention and carelessness
  • Recklessness
  • Excessive speed Alcohol or drug use
  • Improper maintenance
  • Defective design of equipment
  • Cruise ship negligence


In Florida, we prize our beautiful waterways. Many of us enjoy a wide variety of activities on the water on cruise ships, private vessels, and jet skis. We try not to focus on the reality that there is a risk of injury because of collisions with other vessels, submersion, sinking, capsizing, explosions, grounding, slip and fall injuries and other hazards.

There are nearly a million registered vessels in the State of Florida. That statistic makes us the top watercraft spot in the United States. In its 2010 report, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission found that "66% of the operators involved in reportable .accidents had no formal . education."

Talk with a boating accident attorney in Sarasota to find out if you are the victim of negligence. An operator is generally considered negligent - and liable - if they did not conduct themselves in the same manner as a reasonable person would have done in similar circumstances. For example, a reasonable person at the wheel of a watercraft would follow safety rules; they would be watching out for other craft; they would not be drinking or using drugs.

Manufacturers of watercraft are expected to have produced equipment that is free of defective design. A jet ski, for instance, should have been designed to right itself and remain upright and not flip on its riders. The design for stowage of fuel should be adequate to avoid fumes and explosion. Manufacturers can be held liable for defects in design and production.

The fact that people get injured and become ill while on "the vacation of a lifetime" raises serious questions about whether the owners - the cruise lines - are doing what they are supposed to do to protect their passengers. Neither health nor personal safety should be at risk on the high seas. The owners have liability.

Call now at 941-309-5240. We provide a FREE CONSULTATION on the merits of every case!

Attorney Robert Tenbrunsel is a personal injury lawyer in Sarasota and he is your boating accident attorney in Sarasota, Bradenton, and all of Manatee County.

The discussion on this web page is for informational purposes only and does not promise compensation. Reading this page does not mean this firm has agreed to accept your case. No attorney can guarantee the outcome of a case.

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