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Boat Accidents

May is National Safe Boating Week

Posted by Trent Kelly on May 10, 2021
May is National Safe Boating Week

If you enjoy boating for recreational or other purposes, you are at risk of accidents and injuries any time you are on the water. If you suffer injuries in a boat accident, contact an Austin personal injury lawyer for help. 

During National Safe Boating Week that occurs during the month of May, the focus is on the safe operation of boats and other types of watercraft. When boat operators drive their boats safely and follow all of the necessary precautions, they significantly decrease the risk that they will cause an accident – or be involved in one. However, no matter how safely you operate your watercraft, you have no control over the actions and inactions of others. 

If you have been injured in a watercraft accident that was caused by another person’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence, it is important that you have experienced attorneys on board in your case pursuing the monetary damages and compensation that you deserve. The Austin boating accident lawyers at TK Injury Lawyers, will review the facts and circumstances surrounding your accident with you and can help you decide on the best legal option for your situation. Please speak with us today to find out more about how we can assist you with your boating accident personal injury case.   

Common Causes of Austin Boating Accidents

In many instances, boating accidents that occur on Austin waterways are the result of careless and negligent boat operations. What follows are some common causes of boating accidents both in and around Austin:

  • Failing to abide by the proper speed limits while out on the water
  • Reckless or intoxicated boat operation
  • Slips and falls that occur on boat decks 
  • Negligent boat maintenance 
  • Improper repair work

If you are involved in an Austin boating accident that you can prove occurred because of someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to file a claim against the responsible party’s insurance company, seeking monetary compensation and damages. 

Boating Accident Injuries

Depending upon the circumstances, boating accidents can lead to debilitating and serious injuries, including soft tissue injuries, head injuries, and broken bones. These injuries may happen when a boat passenger is knocked to the ground, falls overboard, or strikes something on the boat or in the water. 

Boating accident victims have the burden of proving all of the legal elements of their claim, including both fault and damages. 

Potential damages in boating accident cases usually depend upon the severity of the injuries sustained, as well as the cost and extent of the required medical treatment. Damages may include the following:

  • Compensation for lost earnings and/or loss of earning capacity
  • Compensation for all related medical expenses and costs
  • Compensation for mental distress, emotional anguish, pain, suffering, and inconvenience
  • Compensation for loss of use of a body part
  • Compensation for loss of enjoyment of life

Contact a Knowledgeable Austin Boating Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a person you care about has been injured in an Austin boating accident, the experienced legal team at TK Injury Lawyers, is here to help you throughout your entire personal injury case. 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.

 

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