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Speedboat on a lake

There are thousands of boating accidents each year, and hundreds of deaths. Unlike a traditional traffic accident, an accident on the water is coupled with the added risk of drowning. As a general rule of law, a boat operator and its owner must exercise a certain degree of care to prevent injuries to boat passengers or others swimming nearby or enjoying the water on boats around them. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Bolen Robinson & Ellis understand how traumatic a boat accident can be, and our personal injury attorneys are committed to ensuring that those injured in boat wrecks obtain the results they deserve.

About Boating Accidents

Many factors can contribute to a boating accident, regardless of whether a privately owned vessel, personal watercraft (such as a jet ski), or ferry is involved. Some of those factors include:

  • Driver error.
  • Driver inexperience.
  • Driving while intoxicated (under the influence of alcohol or drugs).
  • Equipment failure.
  • Adverse weather and/or water conditions.

Boat accidents often result in severe injuries for both the driver and passengers. Common injuries include:

  • Head injuries.
  • Fractured bones.
  • Cuts and bruising.
  • Burn injuries.
  • Spinal cord injuries.
  • Amputations.
  • Internal injuries.

Jet Ski Accidents

Jet ski accident injuries can be even more severe than those sustained in typical boating accidents. This is largely because jet ski riders are more exposed. While jet ski accidents can result from operator negligence, large waves, or other unpredictable weather conditions, defective equipment is also a common cause of jet ski crashes. There are numerous parties that may be liable for damages in a jet ski crash, including:

  • Negligent boat or vessel operators.
  • Jet ski rental companies.
  • Jet ski manufacturers.

Contact BRE Law for a Free Consultation

Victims of boating accidents often suffer the burden of large expenses, including hospital bills, medical treatment and medication, childcare, loss of personal time with loved ones, and missed time from work. A successful personal injury claim can reimburse victims for those expenses.

Bolen Robinson & Ellis is committed to ensuring that boating accident victims obtain the results that they deserve. If you have been hurt in a boating accident, please contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.

BRE Law Personal Injury News and Blog

The BRE Law team recently enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on Lake Decatur. This trip reminded us of water safety, and inspired this post about water safety tips. If you enjoy getting out on the water like we do, these 5 water safety tips may help you or your loved one avoid an injury.

Handling a personal injury claim on your own can be stressful. Our experienced personal injury lawyers are here to help, and can help guide you to a successful resolution of your personal injury claim.

Motor vehicle accidents are scary. If you are involved in a car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident, this general advice include steps that you can take to help protect yourself.

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