Injured On The Water? Our Boat Accident Attorneys Can Help You.
We’re lucky in Texas to have an abundance of beautiful lakes and waterways as well as access to the ocean. With so much water and beautiful scenery, it’s easy to see why boating is such a popular recreational activity.
Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous. Each year on waters in and around Texas, thousands of boating accidents result in hundreds of deaths and even more injuries. The majority of these are occurring among recreational boaters.
At Rad Law Firm, we advocate for personal injury victims of all kinds in Texas, including those who were harmed in boating accidents. If you’ve been seriously injured in a preventable crash on the water, contact us to discuss your legal options.
The Most Common Causes Of Boating Accidents
Just like with cars and trucks, boating accidents can occur due to bad weather and dangerous travel conditions. But also like with cars and trucks, boating accidents are often attributable to operator negligence and poor choices.
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, these are the top five contributing factors in Texas boating accidents:
- An inattentive operator
- An operator failing to keep a proper lookout
- An operator who is inexperienced and/or improperly trained
- Traveling at excessive speed
- Alcohol impairment (drunk boating)
Boating while under the influence is illegal in Texas, but many people ignore the law, assuming that they won’t be caught and that a collision on the water is less dangerous than a car accident. Both assumptions are untrue. Drowning is a major risk after a crash, especially if the watercraft’s occupants aren’t wearing lifejackets.
Who Is Liable After A Boating Accident?
It is rare that two boats would collide on the water completely by accident. More often, one or both of the operators were being irresponsible. If your boat was struck because another operator was drunk or inattentive, you can hold that person accountable in a personal injury lawsuit.
Sadly, you may also be injured as the passenger on a boat operated by someone who is behaving negligently. If you suffer injuries or lose a loved one in such a scenario, you can pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the at-fault operator.
When you contact our firm, we begin investigating the accident right away to determine how it happened and who is to blame.
Talk To An Attorney About Your Case For Free
Rad Law Firm has several office locations throughout Texas (Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Brownsville), with one additional location in Los Angeles, California. We are pleased to offer free initial consultations to prospective personal injury clients. To schedule yours, call us at 800-598-1090 or fill out our online contact form. Spanish language services are available.