Boat Accident Liability: Who’s At fault for My Boating Accident?
Nobody wants to think about a boating accident when they head out on the water but the reality is that they do happen sometimes. According to data shared on quicknav.com, there are over 5,000 boating accidents in the U.S. every year, causing $62.5 million in damages. Lack of boating safety education accounts for 77 percent of fatal boat accidents.
Determining boat accident liability and getting a boat accident settlement can be tricky, especially if the negligent party doesn’t have boat insurance – which is more common than you would think. As boat accident lawyers, we look out for our injured clients and help them get the settlement they deserve.
Can I Get a Boating Accident Settlement if the At-Fault Party Doesn’t Have Boat Insurance?
The injuries and property damage that result from boating accidents can be very serious. Negligent boating behaviors such as operating a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and disregarding state boating laws, or failing to stop reckless passenger behavior that leads to an accident can all contribute to determining fault in a boating accident.
Unfortunately, it is often complicated to recover a settlement from a boating accident because so many people don’t carry boat insurance. Some may wonder if they can get a boating accident settlement if the at-fault party doesn’t have boat insurance. The answer is that it is possible, but it will require the help of an experienced boating accident lawyer.Read More
If You Are Involved in a Boating Accident What is the First Thing You Should Do?
It’s summer and that means boating season in the Pacific Northwest. Sadly, every year boaters are killed or injured on the water in boating accidents due to inexperienced and/or reckless and negligent behavior. According to data from the U.S. Coast Guard in its 2021 Recreational Boating Statistics Report, there were 658 boating fatalities and an additional 2,641 non-fatal injuries nationwide in 2021. This translates to a fatality rate of 5.5 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. The property damage involved in these accidents totaled about $67.5 million.Read More
We Represent Boating Accident Injury Victims
It’s boating season in the Pacific Northwest; between the ocean and our many lakes there are many boating options. While a day out on the water usually ends well, thousands of people are injured and hundreds are killed each year in a boating accident. Boating accidents happen in all kinds of boats ranging from ski boats, to fishing boats, privately owned yachts, etc.
If you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident because of the negligent behavior of the skipper of the boat you are in or another boat operator, contact a boating accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights as soon as you are able.