There are over 12.5 million boats and personal watercraft (PWC) registered in the United States.
Boating Accident Quick Facts:
- According to the United States Coast Guard, there are over 8,000 boating accidents each year.
- More than 600 boating accidents are caused by defective hulls or engines. The majority of boating accidents are due to operator negligence.
- Over 700 fatalities and tens of thousands of serious injuries occur every year as a result of capsizes, falls overboard, disappearances, fire, sinking, flooding, explosions and collisions with other vessels.
Boating accidents can occur on a privately owned boat, a cruise ship, Jet Ski or ferry and injuries usually occur because of a reckless or negligent operator or boat malfunction. The operators of commercial ships, navy vessels, private boats and jet skis have a duty to exercise the highest degree of care to prevent personal injury to others. Boating accidents occur largely because people underestimate the dangers of boats as compared to cars.
Boating Accident Death
In the event that a death has resulted from a boating accident the survivors of that boating accident tragedy can file a wrongful death suit. A boating accident injury can result in high financial difficulties due to medical bills, treatment, and any boat and property damage created by the boating accident. There is statute of limitations for filing a boating accident report and cases so it is important to contact a boating accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.
Even if injuries from the boating accident appear minor it is advised to seek medical evaluation. Often times an injury from a boating accident may be underestimated and the boating accident injury can later cause continued pain, further injuries, and essentially more financial burdens. A boating accident attorney can seek damages appropriate to the injuries sustained, and in the event that further medical treatment will be needed for the boating accident injuries compensation can reflect that.