Boating Accident Lawyers

When the weather is right, boating is an enjoyable hobby or activity for some, while for others it is closer to a way of life.  Like most things in life, if done without proper care and attention it can result in accidents and injuries.  Taylor & Blair LLP has over 30 years of experience helping people injured in accidents due to the negligence of others to make sure they get a fair deal and that the insurance companies pay what they owe, including in boating accident claims.   

Common Types of Boating Accidents & Injuries

Boating accidents can be particularly dangerous simply due to the proximity of water.  Some of the most common causes of boating accidents are:

  • Crashes with other boats
  • Crashes with stationary objects
  • Boat flooding or capsizing
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Accidents caused by alcohol or drug abuse
  • Accidents caused by unsafe boating practices
  • Passengers falling from the boat
  • Accidents caused because boat was not in proper working condition
  • Accidents caused because the driver was inexperienced or distracted

Due to the varied nature of boating accidents, there a number of injuries that can result from them.  Some of the most common boating accident injuries are concussions, fractures, soft tissue injuries, amputations, lacerations, burns, drownings, and loss of life. 

Boat Accidents & Insurance

While boats are not all insured like cars and motorcycles, some are.  For those that are not insured, that does not mean that insurance cannot respond to claims for boating accidents.  It often depends on the specific circumstances of the accident.

If a third party causes the boating accident, they may have motor vehicle insurance or homeowners umbrella insurance would could respond to a claim for injury and related losses.  If the ATV was rented or you are not the owner and the accident occurred because the ATV was not in proper working condition or because you were not given proper instruction on the safe use of the ATV there could also be insurance coverage in those situations as well.

Boating Accidents & Compensation

 If you have been injured in an boating accident you can seek compensation from the person/company whose negligence caused the accident.  Compensation can include damages for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of capacity to earn income
  • Loss of home keeping capacity
  • Health care costs
  • Cost of future care

There are strict timelines for when you have to start a lawsuit for boating accidents.  If you or a loved one have been injured contact the lawyers at Taylor & Blair LLP today for a free consultation.