Boating accidents don't usually make the top headlines of news events and may go unnoticed by many except those affected. Whether it's a large speedboat, a pontoon boat, or a personal Skee-doo, watercraft accidents can result in debilitating injuries; significant property damage; and even loss of life. Personal injuries for both those involved in the accident, as well as those trying to help, can be devastating, even resulting in drowning. Property damage to watercraft can be substantial, and insurance may not cover all of the costs of damages. It is very important to consult with your attorney when dealing with the insurance companies so that you and your family are protected.
Families of those killed in a boat or watercraft accident, as well as survivors, are generally able to bring a wide array of legal claims against the responsible party or parties, boat or water vehicle manufacturer, or others. The laws supporting these type of claims are similar to laws concerning vehicle accidents, but there are some differences and exceptions. Those affected by a water accident, either those in the boat or related to the passengers, as well as those affected in the water, should consult a lawyer that specializes in liability and personal injury before taking any action through their insurance companies.
Often, these claims rely on determining the cause of the accident or crash, such as driver error, negligence, intoxication and substance use, mechanical failures, or defective parts. Often, more than one factor may play a part in the accident, and having professional advice to sort through these issues can be a source of comfort for you and your family. You can take legal action against the driver of another vessel that caused your injury or against the driver of the boat that you were on. If you were injured while aboard a friend's boat, you should not hesitate to make a damage claim as it is the insurance company, not your friend, who will be responsible for compensating you for the losses and damages you have experienced.
When you or a loved one are involved in a watercraft accident, it can be a frightening and confusing time.To obtain full and fair compensation after a boating accident, you need to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Please contact a professional attorney to help you navigate through the legal and insurance requirements and questions that you might have.