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Boating and personal watercraft accidents account for some of the most serious and traumatic personal injury cases we see at Davis Law Group. All too often, recreational boaters and innocent passengers fall victim to the negligence and recklessness of boaters who put the safety of others in jeopardy.
When a person suffers serious bodily injury in a boating accident, state law permits the victim and their affected loved ones to pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent party who caused their injuries, as well as the insurance company covering the boat owner and/or operator. In Washington state, the driver or owner of a boat or other personal watercraft may be held liable for an accident, just as the driver or owner of a car is liable for an accident.
Boating accident cases can be complicated and difficult to pursue without legal expertise. It is in the best interests of accident victims to consult an experienced personal injury attorney before proceeding with a boating or maritime accident claim. Call the award-winning legal team at Davis Law Group in Seattle to request a free legal consultation with our attorneys.
Davis Law Group, P.S. founder Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized civil litigation lawyers practicing in Washington State. Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, it may be in your best interest to consult with an attorney who is experienced in handling maritime accident claims. Mr. Davis and the entire legal team at Davis Law Group have years of experience handling serious, high-damage accident claims. Call (206) 539-0939 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, Washington state law permits you to recover financial compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills, and other damages you have suffered. Our award-winning boating accident attorneys have more than 20 years of experience representing people who have been seriously injured due to negligence, and we understand how to properly investigate serious boating accidents.
We will review your personal injury case free of charge and help you better understand your legal rights and options. If we believe we can help improve the chances of a successful outcome, our award-winning attorneys will meet with you for a free legal consultation. Contact Davis Law Group today using the confidential contact form on this page or call our office in Seattle at (206) 539-0939 to discuss your case with our legal team.
For injured victims who wish to pursue a personal injury claim after a boating accident, establishing liability is key to a successful outcome. It is therefore important to identify all possible factors that may have contributed to the accident in order to determine who is liable or can be held responsible.
Proving liability in a boating accident can be difficult without the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney. A qualified lawyer can help you determine all possible contributing factors and determine whether the person who caused your injuries can be held legally and financially liable.
The most common causes of boating accidents include:
In some cases involving boating accidents, Washington state law will apply to the people involved. Boats are treated similarly to cars under Washington’s laws; it’s illegal to operate a boat under the influence, you must have a license in order to operate certain types of boat, and you are expected to keep your boat in good repair. Cases involving boating accidents on lakes and rivers will usually be covered under these laws.
In some cases, however, a boating accident will happen on land that is not subject to a state’s laws. These cases usually involve large ship disasters in open water or incidents at large ports subject to federal laws. In these cases, a maritime law called the Jones Act is in effect.
The Jones Act covers professional seamen while they work offshore; it also may apply to private citizens who are passengers on cruise ships and other private vessels. The Jones Act also covers some items in the ocean that aren’t technically boats, even if they’re considered a “vessel” for legal purposes. Workers on oil drilling rigs are covered under the Jones Act, and sometimes aircraft such as helicopters may be vessels subject to maritime law if they are flown over certain areas of the ocean.
Jones Act cases are held to a different standard of proof than most personal injury or worker’s compensation cases. Unlike most worker’s compensation cases, injured workers covered by the Jones Act can seek compensation both from the owner of a vessel and the company that employed them, even if those entities are not the same. It’s often difficult for an injured victim to figure out which laws apply to their case when they’re dealing with the aftermath of a boating accident. It’s a good idea to consult with a personal injury attorney in these cases, since maritime law can be complicated.
“Capsizings” and “Falls Overboard” accounted for 386 fatalities, nearly 60 percent of all reported boating fatalities. Nine out of every 10 of those victims drowned. “Collision with Another Vessel” was the most reported type of accident.
These accidents resulted in 1,366 injuries and accounted for nearly nine million dollars in property damage. Twenty-six children age 12 and under lost their lives while boating in 2001. 137 boaters died in the 40-49 age group category — the highest number reported for any age group.
People involved in boating accidents suffer a wide range of injuries including:
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