During the summer, thousands of people enjoy hitting the water with their boats. However, much like any other type of transportation, there are risks. Boating and jet ski accidents can end up resulting in serious injuries and even deaths.
Many times, these accidents don’t happen because of anything the victim did wrong, but instead because someone else was negligent and caused the accident. Here’s what you need to know about boating accident liability and who might be responsible for an accident.
Who Is Responsible for Boating Accidents?
Believe it or not, it isn’t always the person guiding the boat who is responsible for the accident. In fact, there are a number of different people who can cause accidents on the water. These responsible parties can include:
- The boat operator
- The boat manufacturer
- Rental company
- Other passengers
Whether it’s the person operating the boat, the boat manufacturer, or even someone responsible for maintaining the area where you boat, you’ll have to prove someone else was negligent and therefore, responsible for the accident. This can be a difficult process to navigate alone, and often requires the assistance of an experienced lawyer.
Negligence in Boat Accidents
If you’ve been injured in a boat accident and it was caused by someone else, you’ll need to prove that they were negligent. This means proving that the person acted carelessly, which led to your injury or property damage.
Examples of negligence that can cause a boat accident include drinking while operating a boat, manufacturers of boats with defective parts, or even passengers who cause the accident through horseplay. In any event, if you are injured in a boating accident because of someone else’s actions, you shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences on your own.
Damages for Boat Accident Injuries
If someone else caused your accident, you could be entitled to sue for damages. This means you could get compensated for damages like medical bills, time lost from work, even damage to the boat if it was your property. Because boat accident injuries can be so severe and long-term, financial compensation through a personal injury case can help quite a bit in your recovery.
Enjoying a day out on the water is supposed to be fun and something you look forward to when the weather warms up. Unfortunately, while you might take every precaution possible to be safe on your boat, this doesn’t mean everyone else is as responsible. In these types of cases where someone else causes a serious accident, it’s crucial that he or she is held accountable.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating accident that someone else caused, you don’t have to deal with the medical bills and pain and suffering all alone. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge you need to help you seek justice. Contact the attorneys at Jones Hacker Murphy to request a free and confidential consultation at (518) 380-2597 or fill out our online contact form today!