Boating Accidents Involve Unique Laws
A number of problems may lead to a boating injury/accident and subsequent injury to any persons involved. These can include speeding, errors by operators, insufficient training or knowledge of watercraft operation or equipment, defects in boat components or equipment, improper maintenance, and other issues. In West Virginia, many accidents occur on lakes or rivers involving vehicles from personal watercraft to public tour boats. These types of accidents often involve a unique state or complex federal admiralty laws.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a boating or water sports accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have cause to pursue legal action. At Akers Law Offices, in Charleston, we are prepared or equipped to handle these cases. Our attorney grew up driving boats on the state’s numerous lakes and rivers and has handled numerous cases involving boating accidents. He knows both the land and the law. This combination puts him in a unique position to help you obtain the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.
Types of Boating Accidents And Injuries
The owner of a boat and its operator must exercise great caution to prevent injuries to passengers, swimmers, or others in the surrounding area. This includes any type of water vessel, like ferries, cruise ships, power boats, sailboats, jet skis, canoes or kayaks, or others.
Many different types of recreational accidents and injuries that occur on boats while they are moving or docked are compensable. We have experience handling cases involving:
- Collisions with water skiing boats
- Injuries caused by defective or dangerous parts
- Operators who were drunk or driving carelessly
- Injuries or death caused by capsizing or sinking
- Sea-Doo or Jet Ski accidents
- Fishing boat accidents
- Injuries caused by falling objects or carelessly stowed gear or tackle
- Riverfront or harbor tour boat accidents
- Collisions at a dock or pier
- Cases involving federal admiralty laws
Our Boating Accident Attorneys Can Help
If you believe the negligence of a boat operator caused you to suffer an injury, or caused the death of a loved one, contact us at 304-720-1422. We offer free initial consultations, and our lawyer will meet you at a place convenient to you and never charge a fee unless we recover compensation for you.