Boating Accident Questions
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What constitutes a boating accident?
Any accident involving a water-going vessel such as a ferry, ship, boat or personal watercraft is considered a boating accident. Accidents may include collisions, capsizings, sinkings, passengers overboard, and explosions/fires.
How is a personal watercraft different from other boats?
A personal watercraft is defined as a vessel that utilizes an inboard motor to power a watercraft that is operated by an individual in a kneeling, sitting or standing position. Personal watercrafts include vessels such as Jet Skis.
What are common causes of boating accidents?
- Excessive speed
- Operator intoxication
- Operator inexperience
- Equipment failure
- Hazardous water/weather conditions
What is Maritime Law?
Maritime Law governs the transportation of people and goods on navigable waters. Navigable waters generally include oceans as well as large lakes and rivers that are used for interstate commerce. If a boat accident occurs on navigable waters, Maritime Law determines the grounds and process for related legal claims.
What should I do if I’m involved in a boating accident?
Most boating and maritime regulations require boating accidents to be reported to local authorities or the U.S. Coast Guard if:
- The accident involves a death or injuries requiring attention beyond basic first aid
- If a passenger or passengers are missing
- If a vessel is lost
- Monetary property damage appears to exceed $500
Depending on the severity of the accident, you should contact the appropriate authorities and request emergency medical responders. After attending to any injuries, you should gather pertinent information including:
- Contact and insurance information of other boat operators
- Contact information for other passengers and witnesses
- Registration numbers for other boats involved
Document as much as possible about the circumstances and effects of the accident, including taking photographs and video if possible. Do not admit fault or make statements to insurance companies representing other involved boat operators.
What should I do if I’ve been injured in a boating accident?
Follow the steps above, preserving as much evidence and information as possible, and contact the experienced Little Rock boating accident lawyers at the Duncan Firm for a free case consultation.
What damages can be recovered in boating accident cases?
Compensation in boating accident lawsuits is similar to that in other personal injury accident cases and may include money for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Rehabilitation/long-term care
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
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