Boats make for a great getaway on a summer day to spend time on the lake. Especially in Chicago, thousands of boats are put to use in the summer months. Unfortunately, not all of these relaxing or fun days on the lake are completely safe. There are numerous hazards that can cause a boat accident and cause major injury to the people involved.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported that in 2012, the total reported recreational boating accidents was 4,515. This is an astounding number and should prompt people to take precautions to stay as safe on the water as possible. Below, we will discuss the risks involved with boating accidents.
At Agruss Law Firm, LLC, we have helped thousands of clients to seek justice and compensation for personal injuries, and you won’t owe us a penny for our services unless we win your case. If you or a loved one has been injured from a boat accident, contact our office today for a free consultation.
Boat accidents can have an added element of uncertainty for some due to the fact that it is a recreational activity set on water. Those who do not know how to swim or are poor swimmers still may use a boat, but there is an added level of danger. Due to the many variables at play, there can be many ways that a boat experiences an accident. Many of these can be attributable to negligence on the part of the boat’s operator. Some of the most common causes include the following:
There are many ways to go about a claim for your damages after a boat accident. It depends primarily on what type of accident occurred and how it occurred. But, our attorneys are here to fight for you and get you fairly compensated for the trauma and experience that you have had to endure.
If you were injured on a boat that suffered from a design or manufacturing defect, you may be able to sue the manufacturer or vendor of the boat or the specific component of the boat that was defective. This is a product liability claim, since the manufacturer or vendor allowed the public to buy/sell dangerous products.
If you were injured on a boat that was in a collision with another boat or an object, you may be able to sue the operator of one of the boats. This depends on which operator proves to be at-fault for the accident. One could have played a larger role in causing the accident, in which case, you would be able to find them liable in a negligence claim.
If you were on a boat on which you expected to be safe, but a maintenance issue arose, you may be able to sue the individual that was responsible for this job. Whether the operator or owner of the boat was the one responsible for maintaining and inspecting the boat, they owed you a duty of care by ensuring that the boat was safe to use. This individual would be the liable party in a negligence claim.
Similarly, if the operator of the boat was speeding, inexperienced, or inattentive, you may be able to sue them in a negligence claim. They owed a duty of care to the passengers on the boat. By failing to uphold this standard, they behaved with negligence, put people’s lives at risk, and caused injury to you and possibly others.
Bus accidents can cause severe physical injuries such as broken bones, bruising, sprains, lacerations, concussions, whiplash, disfigurement, disability, or even death. The medical costs accompanying these injuries can amount to a hefty sum. With a successful claim, you can recover these costs and other damages that you endured from this accident. Some damages that you can recover after a bus accident include:
If you or a loved one has been injured from a boat accident, contact our office today for a free consultation.
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