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Boating Accident Lawyers
Maritime law is complicated, and each has its own set of rules regarding boating accidents. As a result, creating a claim for compensation may be time-consuming.
Our boating accident lawyers at Texas Personal Injury Lawyers have decades of expertise handling these complicated claims. We’ve helped clients throughout Texas get compensation for their injuries after being in boat accidents. We can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries, which include medical expenses, missed revenue, and pain and suffering. We understand the specifics of your area’s boating rules as well as the minor factors that can make or break a case, so we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Boating accidents are one of many specialty areas at Texas Personal Injury Lawyers, and our specific expertise in it may be able to assist you. Please contact us for a free, no-obligation case evaluation form right now if you have been hurt in a boating accident.
How Can Texas Personal Injury Lawyers Assist Me Following A Boating Accident?
We have handled personal injury and boat accident claims for years, so we’ll use this expertise to examine the rules, legislation, theories, and jurisdictions applicable to your case. We have a deep understanding of these regulations.
With this information, we may determine who is at fault for your losses based on the body of water where the accident happened and the sort of incident. If you do not file a personal injury claim within the state’s statute of limitations, you might be unable to obtain compensation for your injuries. It is critical to contact a boating accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Our firm Handles A Variety Of Boat Accident Claims, Including:
Negligence: A boat operator may be deemed negligent if he or she is:
- Hitting a big wave or wake at an excessive speed
- Deciding to navigate in heavy weather, causes individuals to fall overboard
- Contact with propellers
- Operating at a high speed
- Failing to carry safety equipment on board
- Collisions with other boats or fixed object(s)
- Failing to know the “rules of the road,” as required by the FFWCC
- Overcrowding and overloading the vessel
Boating Under The Influence:
It is against the law in Texas to operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If someone is suspected of driving a boat while intoxicated, they must take sobriety tests. Refusal to submit to a test will result in the cancellation of the operator’s boating and driving privileges. A person is deemed intoxicated under the DUI laws if their blood or breath alcohol concentration is at or above .08 percent.
Any person under the age of 21 who registers a blood or breath alcohol level above.02 is considered to be intoxicated. Individuals with a blood or breath alcohol level that exceeds the allowed threshold may face fines, jail time, and/or probation.
Reckless And Careless Operation:
An individual who engages in “reckless operation” under Texas and federal navigation rules may be charged with reckless operation, which is a first-degree criminal misdemeanor.
To ensure the safety of other boaters, patrons, and property, boat operators are charged with protecting others by conducting their vessel in a reasonable and prudent manner while taking into account other vessel traffic, posted limitations, the presence of a divers-down flag, and other factors. Careless operation can result in a citation if you don’t comply with these rules. Before being allowed to operate a boat again, many citations will demand that the offender complete a boating education course.
What Legal Recourse Is Available For Boating Injuries?
Victims of boating accidents can sue for compensation for economic losses, medical bills, and/or property damage. If a boat driver operated carelessly, with gross negligence, or while intoxicated, they may be charged with criminal charges.
Negligence is the most frequently filed cause of action in boating accident claims. In most cases, the owner of the boat may be held responsible for negligence if they do not follow boating regulations properly pass another vessel or fail to use/have appropriate safety equipment on board. If the case goes to trial, a jury will decide if the boat’s operator acted as a “reasonable boater” in operating the boat.
To be able to receive compensation, the plaintiff’s injuries must be directly linked to the boat accident. To support a negligence claim, it is critical to gather evidence such as eyewitness testimony, police reports, and photographs of the scene of the accident and injuries. In cases like these, the injured person must show that the boating accident was caused by another’s carelessness or negligence, they were harmed as a result of it, and the negligent party is accountable for any associated damages.
Depending on the circumstances of a boating accident injury, the party responsible for the incident will vary. The status of the injured person on board (whether they were an employee, guest, operator, or owner), as well as the site of the collision, affects liability for a boat accident and applicable law. U.S. and Texas laws will apply to accidents that occur near or on the coast, while maritime law may apply to accidents that occur a long distance from the beach.
Our Boating Accident Attorneys May Be Able To Help
If you were hurt in a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our personal injury lawyers are knowledgeable about the distinctions between boating incidents and other vehicle collisions, and can assist you. Please call Texas Personal Injury Lawyers for a no-cost, no-obligation case review to learn more about how our boating accident lawyers may assist you.