Recreational boating accidents happen every summer on America’s lakes, harbors, rivers, coastlines, and ocean waters. Maritime and admiralty laws or state and local rules could apply depending on where the accident occurs. For example, in most cases, accidents involving non-navigable waters, such as a lake would be governed by state laws, while accidents that occurring on inland waterways and oceans are generally governed by maritime law though state and federal laws may also apply.
Some of the most common accidents occur while –
- Deep sea fishing
- SCUBA diving
- Jet skiing
- Sail boating
And can include vessels such as
- Charter vessels
- Tour boats
- Fishing boats
- Bow riders
- Center counsels
- Sail boats
Pleasure crafts and recreational boats operating on navigable waters face some of the same issues that vehicles face on the road:
- Drug or alcohol impairment
- Hit and runs
- Defective parts and equipment.
Injuries sustained in these accidents are all too often quite severe and may include spinal injuries, brain injuries, broken bones, soft tissue damage, and internal injuries. In some accidents, the injuries are so severe that the victim suffers long-term or permanent disability.
Because of these risks and how complicated the laws are regarding waterway accidents, it’s essential to get experienced legal help. Depending on the specific circumstances of the accident, the rules and laws that apply are varied. Proving negligence in a recreational boating accident is difficult as is getting insurance companies to pay for those accidents. Accidents involving defective parts and equipment may be even more challenging. If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating, diving, sailing, or fishing accident, you need a deeply experienced maritime law legal team working for you.
Our maritime attorneys have decades of experience protecting the rights of people injured in boating accidents on lakes, in harbors, and at sea. We fight for the rights of those harmed by the negligence of others to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. If you or someone you love were injured in a recreational boating accident while at sea, or while fishing or diving in a river or lake, fill out the form for a free, confidential, no-obligation case review.