Boating can be an enjoyable social activity. Nothing brings people together like cool waters and good weather. When the weather is nice many people jump at the opportunity to grab the sunscreen and bring out the boats. However, as enjoyable as boating is it can also become very dangerous. Most boating accidents are preventable. The most common causes for these accidents are caused by:
- alcohol consumption clouding judgement
- lack of boating skills
- choppy waters
- lack of boat maintenance
- reckless driving
- crowded waters (lakes and oceans)
If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a reckless boater you may be able to receive compensation. Listed below are FAQ about boating injuries.
1.What is a boating accident?
A boating accident can fall under three categories:
- a person becomes injured or dies while on a water craft
- a person disappears while on a water craft
- a vessel is damaged or causes damaged
2. What type of water crafts are involved in boating accidents?
The most common types of water crafts involved in boating accidents are boats that fall on the smaller side of the scale. Power boats and cabin cruisers are a few examples of these types of water crafts. Boating accident involving jet skis are also very common.
3. Can drivers of the boat be liable?
Those operating the water craft can be held liable for any accidents that occur or injuries that are sustained. If the operator of the boat was displaying reckless behavior at the time of the accident this will strengthen the case against them. Drinking heavily and operating the boat recklessly are forms of negligent behavior. Just as a pilot can be held responsible for a plane crash the driver of a boat can be held responsible for a boating accident.
3. What type of compensation can I receive if involved in a boating accident?
Compensation for boating accidents can cover a wide range of expenses. Hospital bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and funeral costs( if the accident was fatal) can all be covered. Hiring an attorney with experience in this area is always in your best interests.
4. Should I get in a boat with a driver under the influence?
Treat water crafts like automobiles. If you would not get in a car with an intoxicated automobile driver, do not do so with an intoxicated boat operator. Alcohol and other substances can cloud judgement and lead to miscalculations. If there are other boaters on the water, you are endangering their lives by operating the boat while intoxicated.
5. How can I protect myself on a boat?
- Wear a life jacket
- Don’t operate the water craft under the influence
- Do not drive recklessly
- Take boating safety classes
If you have been the victim of a reckless boater, feel free to contact us at Kyle Law Firm.