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Boating Accidents

Boating Accidents

According to the United States Coast Guard, thousands of people die or are seriously injured each year in boating accidents on US waterways, with the amount of property damage totaling in the millions of dollars. Pilot error accounts for 70% of boating accidents; many times, accidents occur when those piloting the boats are under the influence of alcohol. BOAT-US (Boat Owners Association of United States) estimates that alcohol plays a role in half of all boating accidents (50%).

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department studies reveal that almost 85% of boating fatalities involve drowning victims who failed to have on a life jacket at the time of injury. The Texas studies show that most boating accident fatalities happened with open motor boats, on weekends between noon and 7:00 p.m., with boat operators between 26 and 50 years of age, and with the victim simply falling overboard.

When injuries or fatalities occur in a boating accident, victims and their families can obtain legal guidance through from a personal injury attorney experienced with watercraft incidents. Monetary awards, providing compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitative therapy, and other costs related to the injury may be obtained from a number of defendants.

An experienced boat accident attorney can determine who is liable. Defendants can range from the boat operator and the boat owner, to the manufacturer and supplier of the boat, as well as of the manufacturer and suppliers of various parts and equipment. To assist in claims resolution, BOAT-US provides a national recall alert registry, as well as an informal dispute mediation service through its Consumer Protection Bureau. Additionally, every state has a consumer affairs department that can help in determining possible defendants.