Boating Accident Attorneys
Like anyone driving a vehicle on the road, boating and watercraft operators have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely on the water. This includes understanding how to operate the vessel properly, traveling at appropriate speeds, complying with all laws, and never operating a watercraft while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Besides operator negligence or inexperience, boating and watercraft accidents can also result from poor maintenance or defective boating design. For example, an improperly maintained fuel system can lead to a boat fire and explosion.
Accidents can occur with every type of watercraft, such as:
- Motor boats
- Personal watercraft
- Luxury vessels
- Commercial vessels
- Water skis and boating accessories
Watercraft present more hazards than conventional land-based vehicles. Not only is water inherently dangerous, but very few people who operate or ride in boats and jet skis are properly trained to operate them. In fact, 77 percent of all boating accidents are caused by people with no boating education, with 5.5 fatalities occurring for every 100,000 people in the water.
When alcohol is added to the equation, the results can be disastrous. Careless operators who drink and drive their watercraft can cause unsafe conditions that lead to catastrophic results, including:
- Broken bones
- Severe musculoskeletal injuries
- Lacerations or amputations
- Neurological injuries
Some issues in water-related accidents, such as proving negligence and responsibility, are similar to car accident and truck accident cases. However, when water is involved, there are additional factors that require the expertise and knowledge of a boating accident attorney.
The expert attorneys at Gilreath & Associates can help you determine who is ultimately responsible for a boating accident, and aid you in recovering the maximum damages you are due. Our familiarity with the laws of admiralty, boating laws, boating insurance, and boating injuries enables us to achieve the success you need.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating or watercraft accident, call our Tennessee attorneys today. A serious case involving severe injuries or death requires serious effort. Gilreath & Associates will work tirelessly to gain you fair compensation for your injuries.
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