Victims of boating accidents may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for personal injuries and/or property damage. There are a number of different factors to consider when determining who is responsible for injuries that occur while on a boat or inflicted by someone operating a boat. Common types of boating accidents include swimmers being hit by personal watercraft such as jet skis, a watercraft being hit by another watercraft due to an operator’s lack of attention causing injury to one of more people on board and a watercraft hitting a fixed object in the water.
Often times the inattention, inexperience or intoxication of the boat operator is the cause of the accident. Sometimes the boat operator is an employee of a large boating operation that could also be held responsible for the operator’s actions.
It may take the specialized expertise and knowledge of a lawyer to identify all potentially responsible parties as well as to determine what sources of insurance could possibly cover the accident.
If such an accident happened to you or your loved one, it is important to consider the following:
1. Report the accident immediately to any authority;
2. Ask to fill out paperwork to document your accident;
3. Ask for the names and contact information of any potential witnesses;
4. Save any photographs that you took at the scene of the accident;
5. Seek medical treatment immediately
A boating accident can lead to serious injury that may require extensive medical treatment. If the accident was not your fault, it is important to consult with an attorney immediately to determine whether you can be compensated for the accident. The attorneys at Moaddel Kremer are ready to answer your questions and help you decide how to move forward with your case.
Moaddel Kremer also can help you find a doctor to get you the best medical treatment. The extent of your injuries may not be obvious in the first hours or days after the accident. Some injuries that seem minor at first may take a long time to heal.