Sean M. Cleary represents clients injured in cruise ship accidents and admiralty accidents that happened outside the U.S.
One of the things that I think makes me an effective lawyer in these types of cases is that I've actually engaged in a lot of the activities where I represent clients.
In 2012, the Coast Guard registered 4515 accidents that involved 651 deaths, 3000 cases of injuries, and approximately $38 million dollars of damage to property as an effect of recreational boating accidents. The fatality count was 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational ships and represents a 12.9% decrease from 2011's fatality rate of 6.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Compared to 2011, the number of accidents decreased 1.6%, the count of deaths decreased 14.1% and the count of injuries decreased 2.6%. Almost 71% of all deadly boating accidents victims drowned, and of those, almost 85% were not reported as wearing a life jacket. Operator inattention, operator lack of experience, improper lookout, machinery failure, and excessive speed rank as the top 5 primary responsible factors for accidents.
Alcohol was listed as the leading factor in 17% of deaths. The most common types of vessels implicated in reported accidents were open motorboats with 47%, personal watercraft with 19%, and cabin motorboats with 15%. The 12,101,936 recreational vessels registered by the states in 2012 represent a 0.59% decrease from 2011 when 12,173,935 recreational ships were registered. There were 662 boat accidents in Florida in 2012, out of which 48 were fatal, with a total of 50 victims.
According to the US Coast Guard, a boating accident involves one or more of the following events: a person aboard a boat dies or is severely injured, a person while onboard disappears and death is suspected and a vessel causes or sustains damages. Boating accidents most often involve powerboats and cabin cruisers. The main factors of boating...View full answer
There are more than 12,000,000 boats registered in the US and each year more than 4,700 recreational boating accidents take place, causing the death of more than 700 individuals. Even if boating accidents are not fatal in most cases, passengers can still suffer severe, debilitating injuries ranging from fractures to spinal cord injuries,...View full answer
In 2012, the Coast Guard counted 4,515 accidents that involved 651 deaths, 3,000 injuries and approximately $38 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. Victims who suffered these losses have the right for monetary compensation, in case they can prove: the defendant is liable...View full answer
A vessel is considered to be involved in a boating accident whenever a death, missing person, personal injury, property damage, or total vessel loss results from the vessel's operation, construction, sea-worthiness, equipment, or machinery. The most frequent sources of injuries are collisions with recreational vessels, flooding/swamping,...View full answer
Wearing a life jacket is the main thing to consider when boating. Drowning was the number one known cause of death in 2012. Out of the total number of 459 deaths caused by drowning, 379 deaths occurred when the life jacket was not worn. Do not consume alcohol or take drugs while driving a boat and consider taking boating safety courses....View full answer
This depends upon where the accident occurred. Many accidents on a boat, personal watercraft, or ship fall under Federal Maritime Law, also called Admiralty Law. This law governs what happens on the navigable waters of the US, which includes rivers and lakes that cross state lines. Lakes totally within boundaries of one state are...View full answer
Definitely yes. Consulting an attorney who is well versed in Florida boat accident laws is highly recommended to sort out the jurisdiction and time limits for filing a lawsuit. Mr. Cleary has vast experience in applying boating accident laws and our working plan is always concentrated on acting promptly and transparently in order to...View full answer
In general, Federal law requires that boaters must have a Coast Guard-approved wearable, life jacket (Type I, II, or III) for each person onboard the vessel. Boats greater than 16 feet in length must carry a Coast Guard-approved throwable device (Type IV). On a vessel that is underway, children under 13 years of age must wear an appropriate U.S....View full answer
Boat operators who were born on or after January 1, 1988 are required by law to obtain a Florida Boating Safety Education Identification Card in order to operate a motorboat with 10 horsepower or more. The state of Florida does not have a "boating license". The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)-issued Boating Safety...View full answer
A vessel must measure at least 5 net tons and must be wholly owned by a citizen of the U.S. Net tonnage is a measure of a vessel's volume and should not be confused with the vessel's weight, which may also be expressed in tons. Most vessels more than 25 feet in length will measure 5 net tons or more. Vessels of more than 25...View full answer