May 25, 2021
Boating accidents are not unusual, and neither is needing a lawyer who can help victims recover their damages from those responsible. If you were injured in this way because someone acted negligently and caused the accident, it may be best to schedule a free consultation with a boat accident lawyer like one from Hall Justice Law Firm. If your injury is significant, the costs to treat it may be prohibitive, and those responsible may deny their culpability. Our boating accidents lawyer will aggressively fight for your right to compensation for your damages.
Common Reasons for Boating Accidents
Boating accidents are all too common and if you are unsure if you should hire a lawyer, schedule a consultation. A lawyer can help you determine if moving forward with a personal injury claim or a civil lawsuit is in your best interests. Because they are often travelling at high speed, when boats collide with another boat, flip, or hit a solid object, serious and fatal injuries may occur. Regardless of the details regarding how you were hurt through no fault of your own, contact us. Here are some of the most common ways in which boating accidents happen:
- Hit by crashed boat debris. Persons who are not even on the boat may be hurt if they are hit with debris from the boat crash.
- A boat operator takes the wrong turn and thus collides with another boat. Boats are driven in bodies of water that by their very nature have limited rules in terms of traffic flow. If a boater is distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, their reaction time and their decision making ability may be affected.
- A part on the boat is defective and malfunctions, causing the operator to lose control of the boat and crash with another boat, flip, or run into a hard obstacle. If the throttle sticks, the gear shift malfunctions, the steering wheel disengages from its mount, or another vital part causes the operator to have an accident, the manufacturer could be held liable.
- A boat operator is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and collides with another boat or object. If you were a passenger on their boat, or you were on the other boat, the negligent boater might be liable for your injuries.
- A boat and trailer hits you because the driver was backing up their boat and vehicle and did not see someone who was on foot or was in their boat at the dock or launch. The trailer or its tow vehicle runs over the person on foot or causes them to slip and fall in the water from their boat.
- A boat trailer hitch is defective and separates from its tow vehicle that is driving at highway speed. The trailer collided with one or more vehicles that were following behind it.
If you would like to speak with a lawyer who handles injury cases involving boating accidents, request a consultation now.