If you or a loved one is injured aboard a boat or a recreational vessel, such as a personal watercraft, you have legal rights. Those responsible for causing your boating accident can be held liable and required to compensate you for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering or the wrongful death of a family member.
To obtain full and fair compensation after a boating accident, you need to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim. A boating accident attorney at LongoBiggs, LC can help you take legal action to pursue the money you deserve.
You can take legal action against the driver of another vessel that caused your injury or against the driver of the boat that you were on. If you were injured while aboard a friend’s boat, you should not hesitate to make a damage claim as it is the insurance company, not your friend, who will be responsible for compensating you for the losses and damages you have experienced.
You can also pursue a claim against a boat manufacturer or a boat mechanic if the parts or maintenance were defective in a way that led to your accident.
What Should I Do After I Have Been Involved In A Boating Accident?
After a boating accident, it is important to determine who was to blame for the incident that led to your injuries. There are many different causes of boating accidents including:
Boating while intoxicated
Boat maintenance problems
Failure to obey the rules set by federal and state law for safe boating
Failure to have sufficient safety equipment aboard the boat
A boating accident attorney will assist you in investigating the accident and determining how the injuries occurred. Your attorney can then help you to either pursue your claim in court or negotiate a settlement with the responsible party (or the insurer).
How Can A Boating Accident Attorney Help Me?
After a boating accident, you have the burden of proving that the defendant was negligent or failed to live up to some obligation to you. You must prove that this negligence or breach of duty was the direct cause of the accident and you need to show how badly you were hurt.
A boating accident lawyer can interview witnesses, help you find experts, review information from law enforcement accident reports, and otherwise work to help you build a strong case. Your attorney will also help you deal with the insurer or make a compelling case to a jury. Contact LongoBiggs, LC to see how our Partners can assist you with your case.