Boating Accident Lawsuit
By Mike Stetzer
For many Americans, boating offers speed, freedom, and an escape from the summer heat. Unfortunately, though, the speed and freedom of boating can result in painful accidents and injuries, both of which can come with steep medical bills.
With safety regulations often ignored, and inexperienced boaters prowling bays and lakes, boating poses numerous risks. If you have been injured in a boating accident, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to get compensation for your losses.
To learn more about filing a personal injury lawsuit for a boating accident, fill out the brief form below to connect with a local attorney for a free consultation.
Boating Accident Basics
According to sources, thousands of boating accidents occur every year. These accidents may be caused by several different kinds of watercraft, including jet skis, motor boats, yachts, cruise ships, or even small fishing boats.
Boats are notoriously difficult to maneuver, and the chaos that sometimes ensues when inexperienced boaters take the helm is a major cause of boating accidents. In addition, boating accidents may occur for other reasons, including:
- Operating a boat while intoxicated
- Collisions due to negligent boat operation
- On-board fires due to faulty equipment
- Bad weather
If you suffered an injury due to a boating accident in which the other boat operator was behaving irresponsibly, you may be able to file a boating accident claim.
Laws governing boating vary by region, though, so it may help to brush up on local boating laws before pursuing an injury claim. A local attorney may offer more information on local laws.
Filing a Boating Accident Claim
If you decide to file a boating accident lawsuit, you may have to prove a few key elements in order to win a personal injury settlement. These elements may include:
- Negligence. Typically, the boater that caused the accident must have been acting negligently or in an intentionally reckless manner. Violating a speed limit is a possible example of negligence.
- Causation. This involves proving the other boater’s actions caused your injury.
- Injury. This sounds obvious, but boating accident victims must provide some proof that they were injured, and that these injuries resulted in a loss. Damages could be medical bills, or lost wages if you had to miss time at work.
While a boating accident claim may take several months, potential legal relief may include compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
To learn more about filing a boating injury lawsuit, contact a local injury attorney today.