Van Riper & Nies Attorneys
Florida Admiralty & Maritime Attorneys

Boating Accidents


Timothy Nies


Christian Van Riper




"Justice is the firm & continuous desire to render to everyone that which is due"


Van Riper & Nies Maritime Injury Attorneys rely on personal attention, open communication, hard work and trust in bringing justice to injured clients...

Throughout Florida, many enjoy recreational boating without having to worry about a serious maritime accident or injury. When alcohol or drugs are involved, or when boat captains fail to pay close enough attention to the operation of their vessel, boating accidents and serious injuries will happen. For such victims of negligence,  and their families, obtaining full compensation for medical treatment, loss of wages and other damages that are due is an significant part of the recovery process.

At Van Riper & Nies Attorneys, P.A., our maritime attorneys work hard for  victims of boating injuries.  Our attorney, Timothy Nies, an Army Ranger Veteran, is a maritime personal injury attorney, a boat owner, and a former senior casualty attorney for the largest insurance defense law firm in the U.S.  Our attorney, Christian Van Riper, is an avid boater and former prosecutor, where he prosecuted many boaters charged with Boating under the Influence (BUI).  Van Riper and Nies sponsors the Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open fishing tournament, which benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Boating Accidents and Injury Claims Prosecuted by our Maritime Law Firm:

- Drunk boating or DUI/BUI accidents,
- Reckless or careless boating,
- Personal watercraft accidents/injuries (WaveRunners, SeaDoos, etc.),
- Fishing charter injuries,
- Wakeboarding accidents,
- Waterskiing accidents,
- Back and neck injuries caused from being ejected from seats,
- Falls overboard,
- Falls onboard,
- Prop injuries,
- Dangerous maritime products,
- Inadequate boat maintenance.

Litigating a boating accident or injury case is more difficult than an auto accident because evidence in a boating injury case is more easily lost (washes away, etc.) after a boating accident. It is therefore critical to have boats, personal watercraft and other vessels inspected quickly in order to preserve critical evidence.  If our maritime firm is hired, our attorneys and investigators quickly inspect and photograph the vessels, take recorded statements from witnesses and obtain all police reports.  It is important to contact a maritime injury attorney at the earliest opportunity after your boating accident.

Following a boating or personal watercraft accident, if you, or family members, have questions regarding the boat operator or owner’s boat insurance, or how you can be covered for your damages if the negligent or careless boat owner or operator is uninsured or underinsured, we can provide the advice you need to make vital, well-informed decisions.

Those who cause boating accidents sometimes have a provision on their homeowners insurance policy, or an umbrella policy, that provides coverage for such accidents. Our attorneys know how to go about getting those policies and finding the insurance coverage that is needed to fully compensate you for your harms and losses.

For a free consultation, call our maritime attorneys day or night or complete the contact form below.


Palm Beach County: 561-948-5588
Martin & St. Lucie Counties: 772-283-8712
Broward County: 954-369-0776

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