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Boating Accidents

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

Many boating accidents are due to reckless and negligent boat operation, resulting in serious Alabama boating accidents or fatalities. 2019 was the deadliest year on Alabama waters since 1998, with 25 boating deaths. That number surpasses year-end totals for the last 20 years. Boating accidents are a serious threat to the safety and wellbeing of Alabama’s residents, and they need expert legal help to recover what they deserve. 

So, what’s the primary reason for boating accidents? Operator inattention. If someone has suffered injuries or property damage due to the inattention of another, they shouldn’t hesitate to contact professional boating accident attorneys. 

While operating a boat under the influence of alcohol is illegal, this often doesn’t stop people from having a few drinks. A relaxing, fun day on the lake can quickly turn into a dangerous, life-changing event. When someone is injured in a boating accident, and they suspect that alcohol may have played a part, they need experienced boating accident attorneys to help them obtain full and fair compensation. 

Even without alcohol, people can become very reckless behind the wheel of a speedboat or Jet Ski—they’re having fun, and not necessarily thinking about the potential consequences of going a little too fast. Being reckless on the water can look like several different things. Maybe someone is letting their son take the wheel just for fun, or someone who hasn’t driven a boat in a while thinks they remember how. Even experienced boat drivers—who should know better—can get distracted or make a bad decision, causing a serious boat accident. 

More examples of negligence that could put someone at fault for a boating accident include violation of boating rules, equipment failure, defective boat design, or a driver’s failure to watch the water and surrounding areas. If any of these situations sound familiar, a boating accident attorney is crucial to receive fair compensation.

Possible Injuries Associated with Boating Accidents

Boating accidents are serious, and it can be extremely frustrating to get the support necessary to get through a difficult situation like this. Boating accidents can cause lifelong problems, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning, burns, broken bones, and even death. 

Maritime laws can look very different, depending on whether they’re at the federal, state, or international level. Boating accident cases can get very complicated, but experienced boat accident attorneys won’t have any trouble with it. We understand every law, statute, and jurisdiction applicable to each claim, and can help someone injured in a boating accident recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys

If someone has been injured in a boat or Jet Ski accident, they should call us right away. Our on-staff investigators work to determine the cause of the accident, and our storage facility keeps all evidence safe until the trial. Our attorneys invest the time, energy, and resources needed to hold wrongdoers accountable. We can put our experience to work for anyone in this situation—all they have to do is contact us at either our Alexander City or Birmingham location.  

 

Alexander City: 256-329-2000

Birmingham: 205-324-4008

Boating Accident Case Success Stats

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