Just as in automobile accidents, operator negligence is the leading factor contributing to boating accidents. When a boat operator is inattentive, reckless, inexperienced, driving too fast, or under the influence of alcohol, it is a recipe for disaster. Yet the sad truth is that the majority of injuries or deaths could have been prevented if only a little caution was used.
A North Carolina boating accident attorney from the law offices of Brent Adams & Associates helps victims of boating accidents recover damages for accident injuries and any liability-related medical expenses, pain and suffering, wages lost, and any damage to their property. Our boating accident attorneys understand complex maritime laws and will be able to explain them in simple terms to help you move forward with your case.
If a boating accident occurs, hopefully no one is seriously injured or killed. Yet if a family member dies as a result of someone’s negligence, it would be in your best interest to speak about wrongful death claims in North Carolina with an attorney as soon as possible. We realize that litigation may not be at the forefront of your mind during such troubling times; but the sooner you speak with an attorney, the sooner any financial problems can be avoided. The victim's dependents and beneficiaries may be eligible to seek compensation for damages (within a certain time frame) in a wrongful death suit.
Time on lakes or the ocean is a wonderful recreation for the entire family and is an important part of many peoples' lives. And, by following a few simple boating safety guidelines, boating can be less dangerous.
If you are operating a boat, do not consume alcohol. Just as when operating an automobile, it is illegal to operate a watercraft under the influence of alcohol. Even if no accident occurs, a boat operator who is found under the influence of alcohol can face serious charges.
Wear a life preserver or at least make sure there are enough floatation devices onboard for every passenger. About 85% of boating accident victims who drown are not wearing life jackets. Preparation is key. Obey all the rules of the water. These rules may vary depending on what type of body of water you are on and what type of boat you are operating.
Maritime Laws and Accidents
Boating accidents are part of a very unique area of law; the maritime laws governing boating accident cases are complicated and vary depending on the location and circumstances of the accident. As with all types of accidents in which the negligence of someone caused injury or death to another, it is a trying time for the victim or the victim’s family. As we believe when it comes to all our cases, money will never compensate for the time a person loses or the heartache a survivor feels. But the last thing a grieving family or injured person should have to struggle with is a pile of expenses when someone else was at fault to begin with. To make sure that your rights are protected and that you get what you lawfully deserve, schedule a free consultation with our office.