BOATING ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS IN AUSTIN, TX.
Helping Clients in Austin Seek Compensation for Boat Accidents and Injuries
Just like car and truck operators owe a duty of care to other drivers and their passengers, boat operators have a duty to operate their boats in a safe and careful manner at all times and to ensure that their boats are properly maintained. When boat operators are negligent in this regard, they can bring about an accident that results in serious injuries to others. Those injuries can include head injuries, broken bones, soft tissue injuries, and spinal cord injuries, just to name a few.
Every year, thousands of boats and personal watercraft are used on Lake Travis and other recreational areas in the Austin region. While the use of these water-based vehicles typically results only in an enjoyable afternoon or a well-spent weekend, they can also be involved in horrific accidents that lead to life-changing injuries.
If you have been injured in a boating accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, it is imperative that you have a knowledgeable team of lawyers in your corner as soon as possible. The Austin boating accident lawyers at Terry & Kelly, PLLC, can assist you with filing a claim or lawsuit against a negligent boat operator or someone else who caused your accident and injuries. Please call us today to find out more about how we could help you pursue the monetary damages that you deserve for the injuries you suffered in your boating accident.
Jim Terry and Trent Kelly of Terry & Kelly, PLLC Austin boating accident attorneys, routinely represent clients who have been injured or lost a loved one in boat accidents in Texas. We have the knowledge, proven trial skills and unwavering loyalty that is necessary to provide you with the exceptional representation you deserve. Jim and Trent conduct thorough investigations and take a proactive approach to boat accidents and all other personal injury matters; this allows us to keep the legal process moving in an efficient manner while we seek full and fair compensation for our injured clients.
Typical Causes of Boating Accidents
Boating accidents in and around Austin are unfortunately all too common. Boat operators owe a duty of care to their passengers – and others on the water – to operate their watercraft in a safe, careful, and responsible manner at all times. Sadly, many boat operators violate this standard of care in the following ways:
- By exceeding the posted speed limit for watercraft
- By failing to maintain their watercraft in a safe condition, such as by failing to maintain staircases and railings on-board
- By failing to have sufficient lifesaving and rescue equipment onboard the vessel
- By operating a boat or other watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- By operating the boat in a reckless or careless manner
Boat operator negligence and carelessness can bring about a collision with a stationary object or another watercraft. Poor boat maintenance can lead to a slip and fall or some similar accident onboard the watercraft. Boats might also run over swimmers or water sports participants, and these situations often lead to fatal accidents or drowning.
If you have been injured in a boat accident, you might be eligible to assert a legal claim against the boat operator for negligence. An experienced Austin boat accident lawyer could assist you with filing a timely claim or lawsuit against the responsible person or entity.
Types Of Watercraft Injuries
Although Boating Accidents can be prevented, Due to the open nature of these vehicles — especially personal watercraft — and high speeds at which they often operate, any on-the-water accident can be extremely serious. These accidents often lead to severe injuries such as:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBIs)
- Head and neck injuries
- Broken Bones
- Paralysis (Paraplegia and quadriplegia)
- Severe cuts from boat propellers
Unfortunately, death is also a frequent result of the boat and personal watercraft accidents. In these situations, we pursue wrongful death claims on behalf of families who have lost loved ones due to the impact of a collision, drowning or any other causes. Although compensation from these claims cannot bring back a loved one, it can hold negligent parties accountable for their actions and provide you with the compensation you need to move forward in life without undue financial worries.
“Trent Kelly is by far the best attorney I have worked with and I was actually married to one! He is professional and got the job done.” — Brenda (client from Wimberly)
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If you have been injured in an Austin boat accident, the experienced legal team at Terry & Kelly, PLLC, is ready to help you pursue the monetary compensation that you deserve. Our lawyers can negotiate with the at-fault person or entity’s insurance company, and if necessary, file a lawsuit in the court system. For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with an Austin boating accident attorney, please call today at (512) 910-2000 or contact us online for more information.
We know these situations can be emotionally and often physically damaging, and we’re here to guide you to a quick recovery. We will sit down and discuss your case, to figure out the best legal course of action for you and your loved ones.