Boating Accidents FAQ

What should I do if I am involved in a boating accident?

Just like in a motor vehicle accident, if you are injured in a boating accident you should get medical attention and should report the accident to the proper authorities and your insurance company as soon as possible. If possible, get pictures of the collision.

I had a boating accident but don’t have insurance. Can I still file a personal injury lawsuit?

Yes, you can file a personal injury lawsuit regardless of whether or not you have insurance.

For what sorts of accidents can a boater get compensation?

There are a variety of boating accidents for which an injured person can get compensation for their health care expenses and time off work for recovery. These accidents can be caused by things such as recklessness, inexperience, a defect or malfunction in the boat or personal watercraft, or unexpected bad weather. Injuries or death can be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning in the enclosed spaces of a boat. Collisions can take pace between two boats, between a boat and land or rocks, and between a boat and a swimmer.

What types of compensation may a boat owner be entitled to after a boating accident?

A boat owner may be able to receive money to replace or repair a boat damaged in an accident. Compensation may also be awarded to help pay for medical costs during recovery and the loss of wages during the recovery period.

A word from our clients

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"My wife was involved in a very serious motor vehicle collision several years ago, and luckily she survived, but unfortunately she suffered some injuries."
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January 8, 2016

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