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BOATING ACCIDENTS

Boating Accidents

Multiple states in America are surrounded by beautiful lakes and rivers. Some beaches also allow various watersports and boating activities. If you were involved in an accident involving a boat, kayak, jet ski, or canoe, then speaking with a qualified boating accident attorney can give your clarity on how to determine your eligibility for compensation. These attorneys investigate the case and consider various factors before they can add up damage caused to property, medical expenses, loss of wage, and any permanent disabilities or loss of life if any when filing a substantial claim amount.

There are various causes of boating accidents and to ensure your claim is filed correctly, it is vital to figure out the cause of the accident. While boating collision is a common cause, other reasons could result in a boating accident causing severe damages. Let’s take a look at a few.

Boating accidents refer to the accidents that happen while you are on the boat. Many boating accidents are a part of these accidents, from ranging speedboats to sailboats and going to personal boats as well as hovercrafts. Common types of boating accidents include hitting an obstacle or vessel. 

When an accident takes place in a river or lake, the local laws and state laws will cover these accidents and if an accident happens in the sea then the maritime laws will cover it. Maritime laws cover the accidents in the sea as the sea belongs to the United State and not to any state. 

Inattentive Operator

The operator needs to pay close attention to the task at hand. If they lose focus, they could end up missing out on potentially dangerous signs and this could result in an accident. A boating collision often occurs because of an inattentive operator.

Speeding

Similar to rash driving, a speeding boat is also risky. Although there are speed limits for a boat, some people choose to ignore this. They try going faster than what the law permits. This can prove to be fatal for various reasons.

Mechanical Failure

The owner of the boat needs to ensure that all parts of the boat are operating smoothly. If the boat is not well maintained, it could result in a major accident due to mechanical failure. If for some reason, the manufacturer sold a faulty boat to an individual and it is involved in an accident, the boat company is held liable. They would be expected to pay for the damages if the victim has the support of a boating accident attorney.

Riding Under The Influence

The boat operator needs to stay sober at all times. Most of the time, the operator increases the speed of the boat after consuming alcohol. This increases the risk of fatality and can also result in death. Consumption of alcohol while riding a boat is the leading cause of boat accidents.

During an accident, if any one of the following criteria is met then it should be reported:

  • A life lost
  • An Injury took place that requires more than just first aid for treatment 
  • Total loss of the boat 
  • A missing person, having a reason of being killed or injured 
  • The damage that happened because of the accident is $2,000, at least

Boating accidents happen due to many reasons. If you have recently got into a boating accident to know someone who did, then contact Schehr Law. We will assist you through the process of boating accidents. 

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Boating Laws

Every state has certain boating laws they need to abide by. There are also federal laws that must be followed. These laws are designed specifically to keep the safety of the people in mind. While certain laws change from state to state, here is one law that is common across most states:

Staying Sober – Any watercraft operator must stay sober while handling a boat. If their blood alcohol level is above 0.08% then the individual may be charged with boating under the influence. This can be used as a basis of a negligence claim and a victim in this accident can claim compensation from the operator for negligence.

Different Types of boating injuries

There are various boating injuries that one can sustain. The severity of the injury helps determine the compensation amount. Hiring a boating accident attorney can help determine the amount of compensation that the victim can claim and the likelihood of receiving that claim. The boating accident attorney also looks into the impact the injury had on the victim’s life. Here are a few common injuries seen when boating:

  • Concussion
  • Dislocation
  • Whiplash
  • Burns
  • Amputation
  • Broken bones
  • Shocks
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ injury
  • Wrongful death

Irrespective of the kind of injury, and in some cases, death, the boating accident attorney will help the victim or their family claim fair compensation. The attorney takes care of all documentation and can also appear for court hearings on behalf of the victim. This gives the victim sufficient time to recover without having to go through the hassles of a courtroom.

Types Of Claims

If you have met with a boating accident or your loved ones have suffered a serious injury, it is time to sue the boat owner or the operator for compensation. There are various grounds to sue the boat operator however you will need a boating accident attorney by your side.

Negligence

When there is negligence on the part of the boat operator or the owner and this caused an accident, your attorney can file for compensation accordingly. Negligence may be demonstrated in the following ways:

  • Overcrowding the boat
  • Boating under the influence
  • Collision with other boats
  • Inexperienced crew
  • Not riding well in hazardous waters

Faulty Boat

Sometimes your boating accident attorney will ask you to file for compensation based on problems with the boat. An accident caused due to:

  • Faulty boat parts
  • Fire onboard
  • Faulty boat design

Irrespective of what the boat owner may say, the boating accident attorney will be able to determine what caused the accident. They will gather sufficient evidence and present it in the court of law.

 

Hiring a boating accident attorney has its advantages. These include:

 

Hassle-Free Process

When you have a boating accident attorney, your claim process will be hassle-free. If you try dealing with the situation on your own, you will end up with a substantially low claim amount. Also, this amount will be released after almost a year of running around in court. Your boating accident attorney, on the other hand, will take on the responsibility of fighting the case on your behalf. They will complete all the documentation and also follow up with the court if any Pending documents are needed.

Collecting Evidence

In the case of an accident, evidence is needed to determine the culprit. A victim will not be able to run around and gather evidence. This is especially true if their injuries were severe. A boating accident attorney will collect evidence and submit it along with your claim application.

Not only does a boating accident attorney take away the need for continuous follow-ups, but they also work proactively to get the best possible compensation for you. Do not hesitate and contact a boating accident attorney right away and recover from your boating accident without any additional stress.

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