Florida is one of America’s most popular vacation destinations, with its sparkling beaches, abundance of golf courses, family-friendly theme parks, and exciting cities. However, as with any place, Florida has its unique hazards, and one of these comes in the form of the Sunshine State’s most crocodilian residents: the alligator.
Alligator attacks are very rare, even in Florida. Like most animals, they would rather be left alone, and they rarely view humans as prey. Unfortunately, though, as communities grow and more land is reclaimed, humans begin to make incursions into alligator habitats, and this is when things can get dangerous. Across the state, over a dozen gators have to be moved for safety reasons each day. Although these attacks are rare, it is important to appreciate just how dangerous alligators are. They have deadly powerful jaws, a predator’s instincts, and can move incredibly quickly.
Even if you have been cautious, alligator attacks can still occur. If you or someone you love has been the victim of an alligator attack and you think someone else may be to blame, contact the Clearwater alligator attack lawyers at the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C., by calling 727-441-9030 to learn more about your legal options. An experienced Clearwater premises liability lawyer can assist in gathering evidence for your claim and preparing you for what to expect throughout the claims process.
There are certain activities that put you at more risk for an alligator attack than others. If you are doing any of the following activities, you should exercise particular caution:
- Swimming. Obviously, when you are in an alligator’s natural environment, you are at an increased risk of suffering an attack. Be very careful, and avoid swimming in areas known to be alligator habitats.
- Fishing. If you are freshwater fishing, you may come across the occasional alligator. Give it a wide berth and try not to agitate it.
- Golfing. Many of Florida’s golf courses are built in reclaimed marshes, where alligators make their homes. If you hit into a water hazard and find that an alligator is in the area, just take the drop. The $3 golf ball isn’t worth it, and the rules make allowances for dangerous situations.
- Walking or hiking. Again, be careful, be observant, and avoid getting close to alligators.