Boating and other watersports are a popular pastime, however operating power vehicles on the water can result in serious accidents if proper precautions are not taken.
It is a common misconception among boaters that they must assume the risk of the dangers found in boating. This is not the case; a negligent boat operator may be responsible for injuries caused to the vessel’s occupants or people surrounding the boat.
Boating accidents can involve a number of situations that can lead to operator liability such as:
- Approaching waves at an unsafe speed or angle
- Ejections from the vessel due to improper operation
- Injuries caused by navigation in severe weather
- Propeller injuries
- Failing to keep a lookout for water skiers or tubers
- Collisions with other watercraft
- Striking a fixed object
- Overcrowding or overloading
Individuals Injured Due to Boat Operator Negligence May Be Entitled to Compensation
A person injured because of a boating accident may be eligible for compensatory damages including payment of medical bills for treatment of the injury, lost wages, compensation for permanent disability, emotional distress, compensation for property damage. and other reasonable damages linked to the boating accident.
If you believe that you have been wrongfully injured in a boating accident contact The Law Office of Robert L. Starr for a free, confidential consultation.