As the weather continues to be warm throughout the summer months, more and more people are taking to the water to enjoy some fun in the sun. However, as more and more boats enter the waterways, boating accidents can occur. There are several main factors that contribute to these boating accidents from operator errors to improper maintenance to weather conditions. Whatever the cause, if you have been injured in a boating accident through no fault of your own then contact our personal injury attorney for an evaluation of your case. You might be entitled to compensation.
Negligent Factors That Cause Boating Accidents
It is not a surprise that most boating accidents are due to the negligent acts of boating operators. Similar to driving, a distracted boating operator, a drunk boating operator or even one that is inexperienced can lead to boatings collisions resulting in injuries to the parties involved.
Despite no lanes of traffic, boating operators cannot be distracted when driving because they need to pay attention to things such as weather, other vehicles, and speed. Driving under the influence is considered a crime in most states. If you have been involved in a boating accident due to the influence of drugs and alcohol they can be held liable for any property damage and injuries that were sustained. And similar to how a new driver tends to get into car accidents more frequently due to lack of inexperience, the same can be said for boat operators.
Other contributing factors to boating accidents include improper maintenance on the boat causing the boat to stall out, leak oil or not be safe for passengers. It is the responsibility of the owner of the boat to make sure that it is in proper working condition before leaving the dock.
And while boating is usually enjoyed on a beautiful day, sometimes the weather can take a turn for the worst unexpectedly. It is the boating operators responsibility to know how to handle rough water, have safety gear readily available and make sure that all passengers on board are safe.
If you have been injured, you might be entitled to sue for damages which include medical expenses such as past, present and future treatment of your injuries, pain and suffering as well as lost wages. For more information, contact our attorneys for a consultation regarding your case!