When thinking about dangerous vehicle accidents, some may not consider those that involve boats. While these do not occur as frequently as those involving cars, they are equally dangerous. Boating accidents can come from a wide variety of causes and the injuries suffered can result in death or permanent injury. With the addition of water, these incidents become even more dangerous due to the risk of drowning.
Whether you are a boat owner or rarely go out on the water, it is important to be aware of the dangers of these types of accident. Whether it is in the ocean, on a lake, or down a river, all boating accidents should be taken seriously and guarded against as much as possible.
What Causes Boat Accidents?
Like most vehicle accidents, boats can crash due to factors including driver error, vehicle defects, and dangerous conditions. However, hazards created by passengers can also lead to a major boating accident and resulting injuries.
- Driver Error: Operating the vessel recklessly, while intoxicated, or without experience can quickly lead to an accident.
- Defects: Can affect the operation of the vehicle, causing a crash or leaving it stranded.
- Environmental Conditions: Stormy weather, big waves, and other conditions can sink the boat or otherwise harm occupants.
- Passenger Dangers: Passengers acting recklessly can distract the driver or directly harm other passengers.
Be on the lookout for any of these causes in order to stop them before an accident occurs or lessen the severity of the crash.
What are the Dangers of an Accident?
Boat accidents can occur in a matter of moments, with many being injured before they are even fully aware of the danger they are in. Listed below are just some of the dangers that passengers or anyone nearby may be exposed to should an accident occur.
- Burn injuries from fires
- Hypothermia from extended time in water
- Head trauma from crashes
- Ejection during a collision with boats or other hazards
- Collisions with nearby swimmers, surfers, kayakers, etc.
Often, many of these dangers are encountered at once. For example, a passenger who is ejected during a crash, may strike his or her head and be at risk of drowning due to being knocked unconscious.
Protecting Your Rights to Heal from Injuries
Those who have been injured in boating accidents caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness have the legal right to be paid for their losses. This compensation will come from the responsible party and their insurance coverage. However, victims must prove fault and the legitimacy of their claim through evidence and testimony while negotiating with the insurance company or possibly taking the case to court.
In either case, skilled injury legal help are the key to a well-prepared and successful case.
At the Jurewitz Law Group, our experienced legal team fights for the well being of our clients. With our help, victims find the compensation they need and get the best chance at recovering as much as they possibly can. If you have been injured in a San Diego County boat accident, call us today at (888) 233-5020 to learn more about your rights.