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FAQ: Boating and Watercraft Accidents

March 9, 2017 |

Not all crashes happen on the road. In fact, there are many that happen on the water when the people operating boats or watercrafts are negligent in their actions. Not many people consider the serious nature of a boating or watercraft crash. However, in 2014, there were thousands of collisions involving these circumstances throughout the United States. These also led to numerous injuries and some fatalities. It’s important to understand a few things regarding boating and watercraft crashes so you know what to do if you or someone you love is involved in one.

What Causes Boating & Watercraft Accidents?

There are a number of contributing factors to boating and watercraft accidents, but most of the time, it involves the driver and his or her decisions. For instance, if the operator is not paying attention, doesn’t have the experience to handle the boat or watercraft in various weather, or is simply speeding or acting careless, they can cause a crash. Alcohol consumption is another common cause of boating and watercraft crashes.

What Are Common Injuries?

The types of injuries sustained are dependent on the source of the accident. In a crash involving an individual in the water, one of the more common source of injuries is a propeller incident which can cause lacerations, amputation, or even death. A collision with another boat or watercraft can cause passengers to be thrown around or into the water, potentially leading to concussions, broken bones, and more.

Can a Responsible Party Be Held Liable?

Similar to a vehicle crash on the road, when a boating or watercraft accident occurs and a party (or parties) sustains an injury, the responsible party may be considered legally liable. The laws require drivers to operate boats and watercrafts responsibly. If these requirements are not met, the injured party may take legal action against the liable party.

If you or someone you love has been harmed in a boating or watercraft accident, you need to hire skilled legal counsel who can answer any questions you may have. There are a number of factors involved and our Wisconsin boating and watercraft accident attorneys work to help injury victims seek justice and the compensation they deserve to recover from the tragic situation you may be experiencing.

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