August 24, 2019

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Boating Accident Claim

Boat Accident

Have you been injured in a boating accident? Recreational boating has increased over the years and so have accidents associated with these boats. Millions of Americans are involved in water-skiing, fishing, tubing and lounging every year. Unfortunately, every year thousands of these individuals are injured in boating accidents.

The increased incidence of boating accidents is largely because boaters underestimate the dangers associated with the operation of these crafts. They consider them safer compared to operating an automobile on the road. Others simply don’t understand or abide by nautical safety laws.

Boating accident causes

Handling boats requires a great deal of knowledge, skill and experience. Boating education is vital for the safe operation of these vessels. This knowledge helps to reduce the likelihood of boating accidents.

Unfortunately, many states do not require licenses, let alone instruction or training, for the operation of leisure boats. This means that people behind the wheel in leisure boats are not necessarily competent boat operators. They may not have the specialized knowledge and skills required to safely operate the vessel.

Boating accidents are caused a wide variety of factors. Some of the most common causes for boating accidents include:

  • Negligence by boat operators

  • Inadequate experience or training

  • Equipment malfunctions

  • Operating the boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • Obstruction on the waterway

Building a case

Just as with other personal injury cases, there are protocols that you need to follow in order to build a solid case. These include:

  • Getting signed statements from eye witnesses

  • Getting a record of the accident from the Coast Guard and other relevant law enforcement agencies

  • Getting official medical records from your health care provider detailing your injuries and their treatment

  • Obtaining insurance documents stating what caused the accident

  • Taking photographs of the scene of the accident, witnesses, the injuries sustained and the surroundings

  • Additional documentation detailing expenses related to the treatment of your injuries or rehabilitation

Compensation for boating accidents

As with other types of accidents, victims of boating accidents are entitled to financial compensation for their injuries and losses if they were caused by someone else’s negligence. If you have lost a loved one in a boating accident, pursuing a wrongful death claim can help you secure your family’s financial future. The compensation can help your family settle medical bills and funeral expenses. It can also help to cushion the loss of financial support.


Be sure to engage an experienced boat accident attorney as soon after the incident as possible. This will help to improve your chances of receiving a fair settlement.

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