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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…
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Louisiana Boating Accident Shows Need for Boat Kill Switches

A boating accident on Lake Mechant left five people with minor injuries in early May, but it could have gone much, much worse. Witnesses described the accident as “like something out of the movies.” It happened when two men gathering water samples from oyster reefs stopped their boat in the water and a second boat slammed into it at full speed. The second boat launched over the first, and two young girls were ejected from the boat in midair. An older man on the midair boat was thrown to the floor, but managed to regain control of the boat and shut it down. The older man as well as the two men gathering water samples suffered minor injuries, as did the two young girls. The older man could have stopped the runaway boat if he was wearing a kill switch. If not for his quick thinking, the incident could have…
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Do Boating Safety Courses Help Prevent Boat Accidents?

Recently, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries offered free boating safety courses. Per KATC-TV, the courses were part of a national campaign called Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course. In Louisiana, boating safety courses are required for anyone who was born after January 1, 1984 who operates a vessel over 10 horsepower. According to US Coast Guard statistics, in the case of fatal boat crashes where the boater education level of the operators involved was known, 80 percent involved someone operating a boat who had not taken a boating safety course. Boating Safety Tips The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) Discover Boating website features boating safety tips: Avoid drinking alcohol before or while you are operating a boat Learn how to swim before you operate or even ride in a boat Make sure that you and everyone on the boat uses a proper fitting lifejacket Check the weather before…
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