Houston Boating Accident Attorneys
If you've been injured in a boating accident, do not leave your case up to chance. Let Neal Davis help you get the compensation you deserve.
Texas's coastline and numerous lakes make wonderful places to go out for an afternoon on the boat; in fact, Texas has more inland water than any other state and around 580,000 registered boats.
Like motorists, boat drivers have responsibilities when it comes to operating their boats safely and according to the rules of the water; however, accidents are always a real possibility and the damages from a boating accident can be severe. Victims of boating accidents often have a legal right to compensation for their losses including medical costs for injuries and property damage. These rights hold true regardless of whether the accident occurs aboard a private boat, luxury commercial vessel, or even a jetski.
Boating accidents are subject to different laws than accidents that occur on land. For this reason, it's advised that victims discuss their case with a personal injury attorney who has extensive knowledge of boating accident rules and procedures.
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Causes of Boating Accidents
According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, the state saw 206 boating accidents in 2013, and these accidents caused 85 injuries and 22 fatalities. The most common causes of those boating accidents included:
- Alcohol consumption - Drivers under the influence of alcohol is one of the most common causes of boating accidents, with around 50% of all accidents being attributed to intoxication.
- Mechanical Failure - Sometimes boat parts are faulty or fail completely, and those failures can easily cause an accident.
- High Speeds - Traveling at high speeds on a boat increases the chance of accident and decreases reaction time. This means that collisions are a real possibility on an unpredictable surface like water.
- Inexperience - Many drivers have little to no training or education on how to properly operate a boat or how to respond in emergency situations on the water. This increases the risk of serious accident considerably.
- Dangerous Weather Conditions - Water is unpredictable, especially if inclement weather is a factor. Operating a boat during a storm or in high winds is ill-advised and can easily cause a serious accident.
Liability and Compensation from Boating Accidents
Just as with auto accidents, boating accident claims require an act of negligence in order to place liability onto a guilty party.
This means that in order to receive compensation, a victim must prove that his or her injuries were the direct result of another party's breach in reasonable care.
Parties that may be held liable for boating accidents can include another boat driver or even the boat's manufacturer if it's determined that faulty parts or bad design is the culprit behind the accident.
If negligence can be proven, victims have a right to several types of compensation for their injuries and losses. Damages that may warrant compensation can include:
- Medical bills
- Loss of wages and work time
- Pain and suffering from injuries
- Emotional trauma
- Property damage
If a wrongful death occurs because of the boating accident, other damages may be compensated for including funeral costs, lost companionship, and the deceased's lost wages.
Injuries from Boating Accidents
Boating accidents can easily result in serious injuries. Those injuries can include:
- Broken bones
- Serious head or spinal injuries
- Severe lacerations
With the addition of water comes the risk of drowning due to a boating accident. Lack of oxygen to the brain can cause serious and lifelong brain damage or even death.
The risk of any of these injuries jumps tremendously when individuals are not wearing or do not possess the proper safety gear. Texas law requires that all boats be outfitted with proper safety equipment before they are legally permitted on the water.
Contact a Houston Boating Accident Attorney
Boating accidents greatly differ from accidents that typically occur on land. There are numerous federal and state laws that govern the safe usage and operation of boats, which can complicate negligence claims. Boat operators are also required to report any boating accident that causes the following:
- Serious injury
- Over $2,000 worth of damage to vessels
In order to receive proper compensation for your injuries, damages, or even the death of a loved one, it's recommended that victims of boating accidents contact a personal injury attorney who is familiar with the many unique laws, regulations, and challenges that can surround boating accidents.
Neal Davis is prepared to take on your boating accident case. We have the knowledge and professionalism to guide you through the legal processes and help you receive the compensation you deserve. If you don't win, you don't pay under our No Fee Guarantee. Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can help you.