Boating Accident

Boating Accident Attorney

Boating accidents, whether with small or large vessels, can cause serious or permanent injury and even death. Most boating accidents can be classified as either a collision or an allision. A collision is when one moving object strikes another moving object (such as another boat). An allision is when a moving object strikes a fixed object (such as a dock). Accidents can also occur without the boat striking anything at all. These may be caused by mechanical failure, fire, or other on-board complications.

Other contributing factors to boating accidents:

  • Alcohol
  • Inattentive operation of boats
  • Inexperienced operators
  • Excessive speed
  • Failing to keep a lookout for other boats, objects and people

When a boating accident occurs, it presents some unique difficulties that are not typically shared by land-based accidents. When automobiles crash, they are almost always on or very near to a usable roadway. But boats may be far from shore and more difficult to locate, increasing the time it takes emergency personnel to arrive and provide assistance. In a car crash, victims who are able can move away from the car if smoke or flames are present; but in a boat accident, victims must choose between the damaged vessel and potentially dangerous waters.

The laws that govern responsibility in boating accidents are very specific, and frequently vary from laws that apply to terrestrial accidents. If you were a passenger or crew member on a ship when some accident on board caused you to be injured, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. Frequently, this includes injuries beyond boating accidents per se. For example, if you slip and fall because of an unmarked hazard, the owner of the boat may be responsible. Accident victims, whether on land or on water, deserve to be aware of their legal rights with regards to the person responsible for their injuries. In order to be aware of these rights, you need to contact one of our experienced Dayton boating accident attorneys as soon as possible.