Boating Accident Claims

If you have been hurt in a boating accident, you may be able to hold the operator responsible if their negligence caused the accident. You can pursue compensation from the operator of your boat or another boat, depending on who is responsible. Both small recreational boats and larger commercial boats can cause accidents that result in injuries due to the inexperience or recklessness of the operator.

To learn whether you can receive compensation for your injuries after a boating accident, please contact to talk to a local boating accident attorney.

Operator Error in Boating Accidents

Operator error is the leading cause of boating accident injuries. People who operate boats but lack adequate experience may maneuver them as if they are cars on water, but they actually operate very differently and have different legal requirements for safety equipment.

Common errors by boat operators include:

  • Operating at too high speed

  • Failure to follow proper procedure for yielding to larger boats

  • Not knowing how to respond to waves or weather

  • Operating in inappropriate conditions

  • Overloading the boat

  • Failure to provide proper safety equipment

These errors occur both on small private boats and on commercial boats as well. Just because an operation looks established doesn’t mean it actually has a long history of operation, or a good one.

Operating under the Influence

Another common problem that causes boating accidents is operating a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is especially common for recreational operators, but major shipwrecks have famously been caused by captains or pilots who were drunk.

Types of Injuries from Boat Accidents

Boat accidents may result in the normal types of injuries expected from motor vehicle accidents, such as broken bones, concussions, spine injury, and more.

In addition, boat accidents often result in people falling into the water. When this occurs, people are at risk for drowning, which may result in death or serious brain injury, especially if they are not provided with proper safety equipment. People who have been in the water or remain in the water for a long time before being rescued are at risk for hypothermia.

Holding Boat Operators Responsible

Boat operators that put their riders at risk, especially commercial boat operators, should be held responsible for the injuries they cause. They should be made to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other consequences of their actions.

However, to do this, you need to work with an accident attorney who has experience with boating accident claims. At, we only work with lawyers who have been honored by their peers or major independent ratings agencies as being distinguished from other lawyers in personal injury lawsuits, including boating accident claims.

If you have a boating accident claim and want to talk to a highly credentialed boating accident attorney in your area, please contact today.