Were you injured because of someone else’s negligence?
In 2013, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, there were 206 reported boating accidents, which resulted in 85 injuries and 22 fatalities. Boating is a popular activity in Texas, ranking sixth in the nation for the most registered boats. (There were more than 580,000 registered boats in this state in 2013.) Though boating is a popular activity, it can also be dangerous. Each year serious boating accidents leave Texans with painful, costly injuries.
Boating accidents have many different causes, such as:
- Drivers who are boating under the influence
- Drivers of boats who speed or carry out other forms of negligence
- Drivers of boats who fall while operating a boat
- Untrained boat drivers
- Manufacturing defects in boats
Inexperienced, reckless boaters put everyone around them at risk. In addition to head injuries, broken bones, boat accident victims are also vulnerable to drowning. If you were seriously hurt in a boating accident because someone else failed to act with the proper level of caution, you are entitled to full compensation for your injuries. For a strong legal advocate who can help you aggressively pursue fair payment, call the Adams Law Firm.
Why do I need an attorney?
If you are hurt in a boating accident, you should pursue legal action to obtain the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. Texas boating accident victims quickly accrue debts from expensive medical bills, lost wages, emergency medical care, and ongoing rehabilitation. When an injury forces you to deal with life-changing physical and financial stressors, you need a lawyer to fight for your interests. Proving fault in boating accidents requires the experience of a skilled injury attorney who will listen to you, evaluate the facts of your case, and pursue damages from the at-fault party.
If your actions somehow contributed to the accident, you may still be able to collect compensation. Since Texas operates based on comparative negligence, both parties involved in a collision may still pursue damages even if they are partially to blame. For example, if a distracted boater collides with you, their legal team may argue that your failure to use proper lighting and reflective systems partially caused the collision. If the court accepts this argument, you may be assigned 20 percent of the blame and 20% of could be deducted from your total settlement.
Comparative negligence covers all parties up to 50 percent responsible for any accident. If you are partially responsible for a boating accident, you may be vulnerable to claims from the other party involved. Hiring a quality attorney to argue on your behalf will protect your ability to collect compensation commensurate with your involvement.
Whether or not you are at fault for your boating accident, you should speak with a lawyer to discuss your legal options. If the opposing party successfully argues that you are more than 50% responsible for your injuries, you may be unable to collect much-needed compensation. An attorney can also help explain the state and federal laws relevant to your accident and answer questions related to insurance coverage.
Why Hire Adams Law Firm?
The Katy personal injury lawyers of Adams Law Firm have the resources and experience to assist with your injury claim or lawsuit. We opened our firm with the mission of helping members of our community who need it most. Coping with an injury quickly depletes all of your time and energy. Our lawyers are here to make sure that you have the legal and moral support that you need to move forward.
Shouldering the financial burden of expensive medical treatment, lost income, and ongoing injury-related expenses quickly throw Katy families into a compromised financial situation. Our team understands what you are going through when you need an injury lawyer. We are here to support you and fight for the results you deserve. While a favorable settlement can’t undo the ordeal you’ve already been through, we’ve seen the positive difference that a full and fair settlement can make on injury victims’ financial security.
While some victims survive boating accidents, others sustain injuries that ultimately claim their lives. If you lost a loved one in a fatal boating accident, speak with our lawyers about recovering wrongful death damages such as funeral expenses and loss of companionship.
Boat Licensure in Texas
Compared to motorists, Texas licensure regulations differ for boat operators. Boat drivers are not always required to obtain a boating license. In the state of Texas, only some personal watercraft vehicles require a Texas Boating Safety Certificate, commonly referred to as a boating license. All motorboats, sailboats greater than 14 feet long, and all outboard boats must bear an ownership title. Boaters’ licenses are mandatory only for operators born after September 1, 1993, operating the following water vehicles:
- Motorized powerboats with more than 15 horsepower
- Water scooters such as jet skis and other personal watercraft
- Sailboats larger than 14 feet long
In the above cases where a license is required, the boat operator must have successfully completed the Texas Boating Safety Certificate Course offered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Boats must always be driven by operators over the age of 18 unless younger individuals are supervised at all times while driving by a qualified operator over the age of 18.
Unfortunately, many boaters refuse to comply with these rules. Inexperienced and unlicensed boaters and intoxicated drivers pose a threat to the safety of Texas waterways. Boaters under the influence of alcohol cause a notable proportion of boating accidents in Texas. Though Texas law allows open alcohol containers in the passenger area of boats, drivers are not permitted to operate a vessel with a BAC level above .08.
What Should I Do After a Boating Accident?
After a collision with another boat, it is essential to document the damage caused as soon as possible. Taking photos of the damage to boat property and, if possible, the scene of the accident creates a record that will be important if you decide to pursue legal action. Recording the contact information of witnesses to the collision can also make it easier for lawyers to investigate the cause and reconstruct the events that occurred at a later date.
If you were involved in a boating accident that resulted in death, serious injury, or property damage greater than $2,000, you are required by Texas law to report the event within 30 days to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or law enforcement. Failing to do so can make seeking compensation much more difficult. It is best to notify the police immediately after the accident to report the collision regardless of the severity of the damage.
Our attorneys also advise seeking medical attention as soon as possible following a boating accident, regardless of whether you are in pain. While some injuries are obvious, serious internal injuries or head injuries can have delayed symptoms. Visiting the doctor will confirm your medical condition. There are also legal benefits to visiting the doctor as well. If you make a personal injury claim the opposing party may question the severity of your injuries if you didn’t visit a medical professional after your accident.
Working with a Board-Certified Personal Injury Specialist
Adams Law Group is a family-operated firm based in Katy, Texas. Our lawyers are members of the community who work tirelessly to advocate for the rights of people who have been injured in wrongful and negligent accidents. When you bring your case to us, you do not have to worry about a lack of credentials or experience. Our team of skilled litigators includes a lawyer who is board-certified in personal injury trial law and in civil trial law. We make sure that you get the compensation you need to heal.
Our legal team has over 35 years of legal experience. With a proven ability to secure large settlements and trial verdicts, we are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. When you need justice, you need a lawyer that cares about you. Contact Adams Law Firm for a dedicated attorney who will look out for your best interests as an accident victim!
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