Recreational boating is a fun and productive hobby, but it can also be a dangerous cause of personal injury. Boating accidents are, thankfully, not nearly as common as car accidents, but accidents at sea present an entirely unique set of challenges for medical personnel in responding to the scene and for personal injury lawyers in handling the case.
If you’ve been hurt in a boating accident, you don’t want to settle for an inexperienced personal injury lawyer who has never even seen a boat. You want someone with experience handling the complexities of personal injury law, especially as it pertains to boating accidents. The New Hampshire personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve after your accident. Call (866) 933-6115 for a free consultation.
Causes of Boating Accidents
One of the first things the personal injury lawyers at Van Dorn & Curtiss will do when you come to them with a personal injury claim relating to a boat accident is to investigate the cause. Some common causes of boating accidents include:
- Alcohol: More than a third of boat accidents occur when the driver has consumed alcohol. Driving a boat under the influence of alcohol is just as illegal as driving a car under the influence.
- Bad weather: Boats are uniquely vulnerable to the perils of bad weather. A sudden storm or gust of wind can turn an enjoyable day into a nightmare.
- Inexperience: Boats are safe when driven by an experienced operator who has his or her sea legs. However, many boat owners are not experienced operators, and are often overwhelmed by unfamiliar conditions while sailing.
Liability in Boating Accident Cases
The standard for boat operators is similar to the standard for car drivers. Anyone operating a boat is expected to do so responsibly, according to the rules and regulations set down by the state and federal governments. If a boat operator acts negligently or with gross misconduct, he or she may be liable for damages that occur as a result of the accident.
The New Hampshire boating accident lawyers at Van Dorn & Curtiss will be able to determine if the boat operator in your accident failed to meet this standard. If so, you might be entitled to damages. To begin discussing your case, please arrange a free consultation by calling (866) 933-6115 or completing our online contact form. We serve clients in and around Nashua, Orford, Concord, and other areas.