The last thing you want to think about when you head out on a boat for some relaxation is that an accident may occur. However, we know that incidents on the water occur. When they do, you need to seek legal assistance. At Paulozzi LPA, our qualified and experienced team will get to work investigating what happened so we can secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. Let our boat accident attorneys get to work on your case today.

How do boating accidents occur?

Incidents on the waterways are not something many people think about unless a tragic story shows up on the news. And then, the stories only cover events with major loss of life. However, boating accidents injure people all the time. In many cases, these incidents occur on watercraft that are rented or chartered. There are many ways in which another person’s negligence can cause a boating incident, including some of the following:

  • Hitting a big wave or wake at a high speed
  • Operating a boat in inclement weather
  • Operating the watercraft at unsafe speeds
  • Not having the necessary safety equipment on board
  • Collisions with other boats or fixed objects in the water or the shore
  • Overcrowding on the boat or overloading it with cargo
  • Passengers coming into contact with the boat’s propellers

There are times when boat operators make the choice to control the watercraft while impaired by alcohol. The blood alcohol limit for boaters in Ohio is the same as it is for vehicle drivers – .08%. Under no circumstances should anyone operate a boat while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Companies and individual boat owners must regularly inspect and maintain their craft when they will be using them with guests.

What are the most common boat accident injuries?

In most cases, boat passengers are not restrained. When accidents occur, there are often serious injuries. It is not uncommon for our Brooklyn Heights boat accident lawyers to see the following injuries in the aftermath of a boat crash:

If a person is injured while working on a boat, they should be eligible for compensation through the Jones Act or the Longshore Workers’ Compensation Act.

Let us work to secure the compensation you need

If you or someone you care about has been injured in an incident while boating and you believe someone else was at fault, please seek legal assistance. At Paulozzi LPA, we understand that these cases can become incredibly complex. Let our team get to work investigating what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:

  • Coverage of your medical bills related to the boat incident
  • Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
  • Mental anguish damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages if gross negligence was involved

If you need a Brooklyn Heights boat accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

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