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Old 01-14-2008, 11:54 PM
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:48 AM
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IMO, rental company's insurance is liable. As for not running at night, thats an agreement between the rental company and the renter. The rental company needs to go after the renter then.

Sounds like a bunch of BS to me. Its not that complicated. The same rules should apply as they do to a rental car.
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Old 01-15-2008, 02:20 AM
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Don't worry about the rental co trying to shed responsibility. That's a crock and they know it. A good lawyer will know exactly what to do and I would guess he/she would go after both.

I witnessed a skier run over by a rental boat back in the early 80's.
Skier almost died- they sued everyone in sight- the rental company, the person who rented the boat, and the person who was behind the wheel at the time of the accident. The skier won hands down and the insurance compannies of all involved contributed to the settlement.

This is hopefully much more serious than your case but same principles should apply.

Good luck. sorry to hear that happened.
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get a better lawyer.
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:52 AM
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:14 AM
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PM/Email thedonz. Frank practices in FL and should be able to steer you in the right direction.
Perhaps Capo can shed some light here as well. If the owner removed the lights, the vessel no longer complies to USCG regulations. I'm no lawyer but would imagine that is due negligence.
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:18 AM
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I'm no legal expert but, the owner of the rental boat admitted to taking all the lights off ? Who did he admit this to?

Did you go after him also? You need a better lawyer
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Lots of advice, but why are you sueing? What were your damages? Was anybody hurt? Long term injuries? Are you just another guy looking to make a buck off a situation????????

These factors certainly have bearing.
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Old 01-15-2008, 06:17 AM
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contact DHLAW on this site, Brett Hartley in Daytona Beach. He is a boat owner and attorney for lollipops in daytona. He can steer you in the right direction. 386-257-0790 or 386-426-8113 or 386-547-8731
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Lots of advice, but why are you sueing? What were your damages? Was anybody hurt? Long term injuries? Are you just another guy looking to make a buck off a situation????????

These factors certainly have bearing.
boat sunk in 40 ft at 11at nifght total loss estimated at 60 k injuries yes and no im not just another guy trying to get a free ticket . i was sober and was my family .And to tell you the truth i really dont need any more negativity on this . especially from a fellow osoer , i thought this was a little community of fellow boaters , not someone always trying to jab on someone get real dude .

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