Watercraft Accidents in North Carolina
Durham Boat Accident Lawyers
Watercraft injuries can be life threatening and cause
serious injury. According to the United States Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics
for 2012, there were 4,515 recreational boating accidents, in which 651
people died and 3,000 were injured.
These startling statistics indicate not only how frequent accidents occur,
but also how great the need for skilled representation is after an accident.
Victims can endure many issues, including high medical bills that are
hard to pay when you are forced to take time off work to recover, and
current and future mental and physical pain and suffering.
initial consultation with our Durham personal injury attorneys.
In personal injury and wrongful death, you pay no fees unless you receive
Why Are the Common Causes of Watercraft Accidents?
Alcohol use is cited as the leading contributing factor in fatal boating
accidents. Intoxicated boaters can cause serious damage to not only themselves,
but to all passengers and nearby vessels. There are also many other causes
of watercraft accidents, and many of them involve negligence of the operator.
Primary causes of watercraft injuries include:
- Operator inattention or inexperience
- Failure to keep a proper lookout
- Machinery failure
- Excessive speed
When you or a loved one is injured due to another boater’s negligence,
you may be entitled to compensation to help pay for medical bills, everyday
expenses, or final arrangements, if necessary.
Boating Safety Tips
- Check the weather conditions before going out
- Operators and passengers should wear a lifejacket
- Avoid operating a boat at night
- Have a float plan in case of emergency so passengers know what to do
- Avoid alcohol use
- Always carry safety equipment (fire extinguisher, flares, first aid kit, etc.)
Helping You When You Need it Most
Speak to one of our North Carolina
personal injury lawyers today for assistance in filing a claim if you are suffering from
injuries sustained during a boating accident. We offer dedicated legal
guidance through all aspects of your case, whether you need help in or
out of court.
Call the experienced boat accident attorneys at Twiggs, Strickland &
Rabenau at (919) 701-8132 or fill out our
online contact form. Let us put our skills and resources to work for you.