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Boating accidents can result in significant financial, physical, and emotional damages. Many of these incidents could have been avoided had the vessel operator followed safety precautions and remained focused. A boating accident attorney at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton in Utah can prove the other party’s fault, allowing victims of boating and other motor vehicle accidents to receive full compensation for their damages and suffering.
Examples of Reckless Operation
Maritime laws are in place to help ensure that people can enjoy being on the water without compromising their safety. These laws include regulations on how watercraft should be safely operated. If a boater fails to follow these regulations or operates a boat in a manner that is deemed reckless, he or she can be held at-fault for a boat accident resulting from their carelessness. Some examples of actions that would be considered reckless operation of a water vessel include:
- Operating the boat at excessive speeds
- Forming a wake in a “no wake” zone
- Boating in restricted areas
- Operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Encircling swimmers and other people engaging in water activities
Common Boating Accident Injuries
Boating accidents can cause devastating physical injury, and even result in wrongful death. The most common injuries include:
- Abrasions, contusions, or lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
Maritime laws are in place to help ensure that people can enjoy being on the water without compromising their safety.
Types of Boating Accident Lawsuits
The cause of the accident will inform the type of boating accident lawsuit you can file. Most boat accident cases fall into one of two case types:
• Personal injury : This is the type of lawsuit filed when an accident was caused by an operator’s carelessness. Many people operating boats have little or insufficient training, making personal injury boating accident lawsuits common.
• Product liability: Some accidents are due to unsafe equipment and manufacturing. In such instances, product liability lawsuits are the appropriate legal recourse. Accident victims can hold manufacturers, quality inspectors, or distributors responsible for their injuries.
How a Boating Accident Attorney Can Help
A critical piece to fighting your case involves the location of an accident. The location will determine whether maritime (federal) or state laws apply. Maritime laws mean any “navigable” waterway, or a body of water that is used for commercial purposes. An attorney experienced in boating accident lawsuits can help determine which laws apply to your case.
Your attorney may collect expert witness testimony, medical bills, and police reports and present this evidence in the most favorable way, greatly improving your chances for collecting maximum damages.
Your Potential Compensation
Boating accident lawsuits are intended to compensate victims for expenses and losses associated with their accident. Boating accident victims may be awarded damages for:
- Ambulance costs
- Hospital stays
- Physical therapy
- Lost income
- Lost income capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering