If you or a loved one has ever experienced a boating accident and survived with little or no injury, you definitely have something to be thankful for! In 2012, the US Coast Guard recorded 4515 boating accidents that involved 651 deaths, 3000 injuries and approximately $38 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. Of those figures, California recorded 365 boating accidents, of which 183 people suffered non-fatal injuries, 37 fatally injured, and $3,453,588 in damages. Causes of most boating accidents usually result from:
- Negligence of a boat operator, passenger or other individual
- Excess speed
- Alcohol use
- Collisions with other boats, docks, piers, and other objects
- Waterskiing accidents
- Falling overboard
- Mechanical failure
Federal Law requires that a Boating Accident Report (BAR) must be filed with state and other boating authorities within 48 hours if an accident results in death; a person requires emergency medical treatment beyond first aid; or if a person disappears from a vessel indicating injury or drowning. If only vessel or property damage/loss occurs and no one is injured, then there is a 10-day window to file this report.
Victims of boating accidents may experience a range of health issues afterward, which can be mild to debilitating, or even lead to death! These may include the following:
- Lacerations and bruises
- Broken bones, fractures
- Torn Ligaments
- Chronic neck and back injury
- Severe head and spinal injury
Any injury sustained in a boating accident can result in downtime from your job and lost wages. Depending on the severity of injury, ones quality of life may be lessened, and quite often, victims experience emotional problems as well as financial difficulties. That’s why it’s crucial to contact an experienced boat accident attorney to explore the different remedies available to you and work with insurance companies to settle your case as quickly and appropriately as possible. If you or a loved one were injured in a boating accident, or you lost a family member to a boating accident, please contact us so we may help you seek the compensation you deserve.