Austin Boat Accident Lawyer
100 Congress Avenue, Suite 2000
Austin, Texas 78701
Boating in Texas is a popular recreational activity. The United States
Coast Guard reported that there are
more than 500,000 registered water crafts in Texas. Each year, the number of registered boats continues to rise.
Texas is an ideal location for boaters as it has the most square miles
of inland lakes of any state in the country. Furthermore, Texas has a
large coastline that is appealing to boaters.
With the increased number of boats on the water in Texas, there is also
an increased number of boating accidents. One of the most common boating
accidents in Texas involves a
water craft colliding with another water craft. Other common accidents that involve boats in Texas include a water craft
crashing into an object in the water, individuals falling overboard, drowning,
capsizing, and skiing accidents. In some cases, these accidents involve
reckless boat drivers, which include those who are under the influence
of alcohol while operating a boat.
What are the Boating Laws Involving Accidents in Texas?
According to the United States Coast Guard, about half of all accidents
that involve boats are reported. Texas law states that individuals are
Report all boating accidents where an individual has
been injured or died.
Report all accidents that result in property damage that exceeds
Report all accidents within 30 days of when the accident took place.
Furthermore, all accidents that are reported are required to have a full
description of who was involved in the accident and where it took place.
Boating Accident Statistics
If you are a boater, then it is important to understand how easily an accident
can happen when you are in the water. According to the United States Coast Guard,
Texas was the third ranked state to have the most boating deaths in 2013. Here are some other statistics about boating accidents that happened
in 2015, which was reported by the United States Coast Guard: Why You
Should Consult a Boating Accident Attorney
- There were 4,158 boating accidents that resulted in 626 deaths.
- Injuries from boating accidents totaled 2,613.
- Boating accidents caused $42 million dollars in property damage.
Although you may practice all the necessary safety guidelines while you
are on the water, there are times when you may not be able to avoid a
boating accident if another boater is reckless or behaves in a negligent
manner. If you are injured in a boating accident, then it would be handled
as a personal injury case. However, there are additional circumstances
and complications involving boating accidents, which are not seen in other
personal injury cases.
If you have been involved in a boating accident, then it is vital to contact
an experienced attorney who can help with personal injury claims that
are related to boat incidents. An attorney can also inform you of your
legal rights and provide you with legal counsel.
Additional Information About Boat Accidents
When dealing with boat accidents, it is important to know if your case
falls under state law, federal maritime law, or both. An attorney who
is qualified to handle personal injury cases, which involve boat accidents,
will able to determine which laws apply to your case. Careful analysis
of your case needs to be done by an attorney to determine how to handle
maritime personal injury claims. Furthermore, there may also be product
liability claims that may need to be pursued.
It is also important to remember that an individual who operates a boat
under the influence of drugs or alcohol is committing a serious criminal
offense. When an individual is arrested for operating a water craft under
the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she will have their license suspended
just as if they were driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated. It is
crucial to be aware of any boaters who are intoxicated. Here are some
facts about boating and alcohol:
Responsibilities and Duties of Boat Operators
In 2013, there were
more than 200 arrests made in Texas for boating under the influence.
If an individuals has a blood alcohol content
(BAC) of 0.08 or higher, he or she will be arrested for boating while intoxicated (BWI).
BOAT US reported that
alcohol is responsible for 50% of all boating accidents.
It is the primary responsibility of the individual operating a boat to
adhere to safety conditions at all times, which is comparable to the responsibility
of an individual when he or she operates an automobile. However, there
are times when boat rules and regulations can get confusing for a boat
operator with little to no experience operating a water craft. There are
rules set in place by the Texas Water Safety Act that applies to all public
waters in the state. Furthermore, local areas may also have rules for
boat operators to follow.
An individual who operates a boat must always adhere to the rules and laws
of where they are boating. These laws are comparable to traffic laws for
automobile drivers. An individual who operates a boat must always follow
the speed limits set in place and yield to other water crafts that have
the right of way.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, then it is imperative to
seek the help of a reputable attorney who specializes in boating accidents.
The Doan Law Firm can provide you with legal advice and help you take
the best course of action to protect your rights.
The Doan Law Firm is conveniently located at:
100 Congress Avenue, Suite 2000
Austin, Texas 78701