Boat Accidents

Boat Accidents:

Whether you were injured on a recreational boat, a cruise ship, tour boat, ferry, jet ski, sea doo, or any other type of boat, if you injury was caused by the negligence of another party, then you may be entitled to compensation.

Operators of boats, like automobile and truck drivers, have a legal obligation to operate watercraft in a safe manner.  The major causes of recreational boating accidents are:

  • Operator inattention
  • Careless/reckless boat operation
  • Operator inexperience
  • Excessive speed
  • Inappropriate passenger/skier behavior
  • Alcohol
  • Improper lookout
  • Negligent mechanical work
  • Inadequate safety measures

These negligent acts and others cause boats to capsize or collide. They may result in flooding, fire and explosion.  Passengers may fall overboard, or skiers may be struck by propellers or other passing boats. Sometimes negligently designed boats, defective boating equipment, or improper maintenance can also cause accidents.

If you, or someone you care about, has been the unfortunate victim of a boating accident, you should consult with an attorney immediately to protect your rights.