Boating accidents can lead to serious injury and death, and emergency responses can be delayed considerably because of the location of the accidents and the lack of available emergency response vehicles. Most boating accidents are the result of inexperience, inattention or simple negligence. Sadly, alcohol is also a common factor in boating accidents. It is easy to underestimate the power and maneuverability of a boat, especially when trying to stop it. That does not, however, change the operator’s duty to make sure he or she is not endangering others. Common boating accidents include capsizing, collision with other watercraft and individuals falling overboard.
If you were injured in a boating accident, consulting with a personal injury attorney is a great place to start. Your attorney can review the facts and obtain police and medical reports to evaluate your case. Your attorney also can contact boating experts to help determine the cause of the accident if there is no police report of if the police report in inaccurate.
Even if you are offered a settlement from the other side or their insurance company, you should protect your rights by consulting with an attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can let you know whether or not an offer you’ve received is a good offer or whether it’s below settlement offers in similar cases.