Boat Accidents

Boat Accidents

If you have sustained an injury because of someone else’s inexperience, negligence, or recklessness while operating a boat, St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Colleen Russo is well qualified to help. She has a strong background in representing victims of boating accidents and is familiar with the types of injuries that are commonly sustained. The nature of boating accidents can widely vary. However, there are common causes that include:

  • Operator/captain inattention
  • Operator/captain inexperience
  • Excessive Speed
  • Alcohol or Drug Impairment

An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer with a Nautical Background

Boat Injury Attorney Colleen Russo Personal injury Attorney Colleen Russo is a former insurance company lawyer who also has a background in vessel navigation. Colleen regularly cruises Florida’s West Coast in her 44 foot Catalina sailboat. She has on several occasions, captained bareboat charters in the Caribbean.

Colleen has a keen understanding of the “rules of the road” that govern vessels and is knowledgably on U.S. Coast Guard Regulations. She has been certified in the areas of “Keelboats,” “Coastal Cruising,” “Bareboat Cruising,” and “Coastal Navigation.” Her passion for boating along with 27 years litigating injury cases, makes her well suited to represent clients who have been injured in boating accidents.

Know Your Rights

With the ever-changing laws in Florida and the fine print of insurance policies that define your rights, attempting to deal with the insurance company on your own can be dangerous for both you and your family.

If you have been injured in a boating accident in Florida, there are many laws that you may be unaware of that can directly affect your rights. You may be entitled to recover payments for:

  • Your medical treatment
  • Permanent injury
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Cost of repair to your vehicle

Dealing with the Insurance Company

Attempting to deal with insurance companies on your own can be a huge mistake. Your personal injury lawyer can make the necessary repeated phone calls to the insurance adjuster, an effort to process your claim more quickly. Your attorney can also negotiate the best possible settlement, designed to provide you with the security and freedom to take care yourself and your family.

People not represented by counsel often fall prey to traps set by the insurance company and significant delays caused by the adjuster’s lack of attention to your claim. As a former insurance company attorney, Colleen has first-hand knowledge on how insurance companies operate when evaluating and handling a boating-related insurance claim. Put her experience to work for you today! Call 727-578-0303 for a free consultation.

Russo & Russo handles St. Petersburg – Clearwater car, truck, motorcycle and boat accident cases and aggressively works to secure the highest possible cash settlement.

Our Primary Office:
St. Petersburg Location

Baypoint Commerce Center
Koger Building
Corner of 9th Street N. and Gandy Blvd.
9721 Executive Center Dr. North, #120
St. Petersburg, FL 33702 Map
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Clearwater Location

The Summit Building
Ulmerton Road and 58th Street N.
Clearwater, Florida 33760