Our latest boating accident case happened at Lake Travis. Our client was killed when another boat rammed into the side of the boat in which she was riding. Although a tragic story, we were able to get some compensation for the grieving family to help with funeral costs of their only daughter.
Most accidents and injuries with boats and on the water are preventable
A Sobering Look at Boat Accidents
People underestimate the dangers of boats. Many different types of boating accidents can occur: recreational boating accidents, cruise ships, and accidents by maritime workers. Regardless of the type of boating or water craft accident involved, you need to hire an attorney who has experience handling claims against owners and operators of boats and collect the damages you deserve.
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There are 12 million registered boat owners in the U.S. Regrettably, there are hundreds of boat accident deaths and thousand of injuries related to boat wrecks in any given year. These statistics are indeed sobering, considering that the total fatality rate increases year to year.
The boating accidents can result in serious and deadly boating accident injuries. The most common reasons for boat accidents include the following:
- Boating under the influence of alcohol
- Careless or reckless operation of the boating vehicle
- The boat operator not paying attention
- Operator inexperience
- Careless passenger behavior
- In this day and age, ignorance is not an excuse for recklessness.
Whether you are on a lake enjoying a day in the sun, out for a fun-filled day of water skiing, or bating your hook for fishing, you are dependent on other people following proper safety procedures. You trust that they will be responsible, careful, and experienced boat operators. You expect that they will place your safety above everything else. Not only should the boat operator be educated on how to operate their boat but he or she must see to it that all reasonable precautions are taken to prevent injury from happening. The boat operator is also responsible for ensuring the boat is properly functioning and not a defective model.
Reasonable precautions might also involve requiring passengers wearing proper personal flotation devices or having appropriate PFD’s available on the boat. One has to also consider whether the operator acted responsibly in allowing passengers-such as small children-on a boat in the first place.
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