Boating Accident Lawyers
Personal Injury Attorney Serving Nationwide
Boating accidents don't frequently get the attention a serious car
accident might get in the local newspaper or 5-o'clock news on the
TV, however, they do occur, can be just as serious if not more, and they
happen with far more frequency.
Why Boating is Different
Unlike driving and related accidents, the world of boating happens wherever
a water channel or conduit may go, and there is far less regulatory compliance
for training and licensing on a boat than one has to provide for a car
license. So, no surprise, the level of mistakes and risk-taking tends
to be a lot more. That unfortunately, doesn't reduce the level of
injuries and damage that can occur in
boating accidents, and they can often cost far more.
Boating can also produce a mix of users and boaters. It's quite possible
for someone who is used to coastal boating and sailing to end up on a
river way or channel if such accesses are available. They are two entirely
different types of boating, but overlap happens from time to time. And,
like any situation where someone is doing something new or infrequently,
unfamiliarity with terrain can trigger mistakes and accidents as well.
Further, some parties even rent boats for the holidays, operating vehicles
they are not used to in addition to doing so in waterways they are not
familiar with. Again, this can also increase risks and problems for operator error.
A Higher Risk of Loss
In fact, boating accidents can result in far greater problems.
First, the incident is on water which always comes with a risk of injury
and drowning of victims involved. Unlike a car accident, one can't
just walk away from a sinking boat.
Second, boats are extremely expensive, and when they collide they are
extremely fragile. This combination often results in thousands and thousands
of dollars in damage, even from a minor collision.
Finally, because boating doesn't have near the training requirements
as car driving, the frequency of people doing dumb things on the water
is far greater, affecting everyone nearby. Add in drinking, and the risk
Boating accident injury recovery should always be considered if one is
a victim and suffering a related loss. Recovery can be extremely tricky
for a number of reasons. The primary initial problem is determining the
appropriate jurisdiction. If the accident is on a lake then this may not
be so much an issue (except for border lakes like Lake Tahoe for example),
but if the accident is coastal the issue could be either a state issue
or a federal issue, depending on actual location. That can have a huge
influence on which court venue the recovery is filed in if litigation
Concurrent Rules and Laws
Additionally, if there is a negligence or criminal element involved, such
as with impaired operation of a boat vessel, federal rules and recovery
options under them can be very different than state rules. And where a
crime is involved, recovery may be delayed if a prosecuting agency wants
to step in and take over the case first. The result could be a bankrupting
of a defendant, leaving nothing for the defendant if there is no insurance
coverage available to recover against instead.
Get the Right Advice
Deciding whether you should or shouldn't pursue a boat accident recovery
doesn't have to be a personal decision made alone. There is nothing
wrong with just getting a consultation, discuss the incident facts, and
see what options are available. Such discussions are common and are a
smart way to understand and learn all choices available for one's
specific case and situation. A good personal injury attorney will vet
the basic information available, look at all the details and possibilities,
and will then explain to a client what the most likely outcomes are that
can occur with a given case. It may not be the big recovery one might
think could occur, but a good attorney will be honest about reasonable
expectations in a consultation. And that's the kind of a good advice
a client needs after a boating accident.
Where to Find Expert Help
Our offices are available provide a free consultation on any boating accident
cases 24/7. We can help straighten out the accident confusion and what
to consider in terms of civil recovery as well as what it might mean if
there was some kind of criminal behavior element involved as well. We
can quickly point out what your rights are and what kind of recovery is
possible for your specific situation. You don't have to guess or research
your options on your own. We can pull all the details together so you
can focus on how to get back on track with your life. A boating accident
can be a big disruption and messy situation, but it doesn't have to
stay that way. Our offices can help pull things back together again for
your interests and needs without the headaches and frustration of going
Contact us today to see how we can help you!