How Does a Negligence Claim Work with Boating Accidents?

Boating can be a fun experience for your family and friends, but sometimes accidents can happen and people can get hurt. If you are injured on a boat and you are wondering what your next legal steps are, there are a few things you should know. A great way to have a chance in court is to prove that a different party was negligent and caused the accident.

How Would a Negligence Claim Work in This Situation?

If you get injured on a boat, you might be able to prove that your injury was a result of someone’s negligence leading up to or during the accident. Proving negligence is one of the main ways to recover damages from that other person. However, being injured does not necessarily mean that someone else was negligent or responsible. But, if you and your attorney can prove that someone failed to act with “reasonable care” and that breach of reasonable care caused your injury, you can recover damages.

If the accident occurred between two motorboats, usually the operators of the boat will be at fault. Just like in car accident cases, injured passengers can have a legal case against whoever was operating both vehicles. This will also depend on the types of boats involved in the collision; for example, if there was a crash between a sailboat and a motorboat, the motorboat will likely be more at fault because they are required to keep out of the way of smaller boats.

Injuries from boating accidents can occur from other extenuating circumstances, such as hitting a wave, hitting another boat’s wake, or colliding with an object, rock, or land. These negligence claims will all depend on boating laws and regulations that apply, or other relevant conditions such as weather or improper safety procedures.

In short, there is no easy answer to who is at fault or negligent in a boating accident. Our personal injury attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat, LLP, however, will represent your injury case in court and get the facts and evidence you need to win your lawsuit. Contact us today for a consultation.



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