Was Another Party At Fault For A Boating Accident?
Consult with our boating accident lawyer if you have been injured in a boating mishap that was someone else’s fault. Our attorney is skilled in handling personal injury cases in state and federal courts and can represent victims of boating accidents.
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The issue is negligence. Did the driver or passenger in another boat perform his or her duty to observe safety laws and procedures or did they neglect to do so, and you or your passengers were hurt because of it? Was the boat or watercraft properly maintained? A skilled, proven boating accident lawyer can assess what happened to you and determine if you have a case for seeking compensation for your injuries.
Common Causes Of Boating Accidents
Accidents on the water are caused by many different things. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources compiles a list of the leading causes of collisions or mishaps among boats and personal watercraft. It includes a great deal of negligent behavior:
- Alcohol use
- Excessive speed
- Careless or reckless operation
- Operator inexperience
- Operator inattention
- Rules of the road infractions
- Congested waters
- Equipment failure
- Improper loading
- Lack of or improper navigational lights
- No proper lookout
A boating accident lawyer will review the facts of the incident in which you were involved and assess the extent of your injuries. If you were harmed and it was someone else’s fault, or their equipment was faulty, you are entitled to seek compensation that is fair and reasonable. You have a right to seek money damages to repay medical bills, cover wages you have lost, pay for on-going rehabilitation or therapy and compensate you for permanent injuries, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and perhaps more. A boating accident lawyer cannot predict or promise the outcome of your case.
- There are times when the seriousness of the injuries resulting from a mishap on the water is not immediately apparent. There are deadlines for filing personal injury claims. If you have discovered continuous pain or injuries that were not immediately detected, and you face greater financial and physical burdens, contact our boating accident lawyer. It is always best to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after an incident involving personal injury.
Unfortunately, the boat accident rate is on the rise. As an example, in one recent year in Maryland, the number of cases jumped by nearly thirty thousand. Injuries leaped by approximately 35 thousand in the same one-year period. That is the increase. The total number is roughly a staggering 170,000 annually! The problem is that some people do not think that boats present the same dangers as cars. Contact a boating accident lawyer if you have personally experienced those dangers and have been injured. A boating accident injury is considered a personal injury as with any other kind of vehicle motorized accident. They result in very serious injuries, and deaths regularly occur because of negligence on the waterways.
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Paul V. Bennett is a boating accident lawyer practicing in Washington, D.C, Baltimore and Maryland. The inclusion of information on this web page regarding possible compensation is for discussion only and is not a promise of an outcome in a potential case.