The term "boating accident" may appear self-explanatory, but it actually refers to a vast group of occurrences involving a variety of boats. Boating accidents, regardless of the vessel, often end in serious injuries. When a boating accident occurs, an injured victim will suffer serious injuries or possibly wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident you may be questioning,
Our legal team at Lion Injury Law has the knowledge and experience necessary to guide boating accident victims through the process of filing a lawsuit. Our boating accident attorneys offer any resource a victim may need to pursue financial compensation. To learn more, contact our experienced boating accident lawyers in Pennsylvania today.
Accidents that occurred on any boat or watercraft would be considered a boating accident including, but not limited to, a person falling overboard, colliding with another vessel, a boat explosion, operator error, and even a manufacturer defect that might cause an accident.
Unfortunately, not many people understand the rules or safety measures required when operating a water vessel. Misinformed boat operators have contributed to more and more boating accidents in highly populated areas of Pennsylvania. Some of the most common types of boating accidents our law firm has handled include:
Immediately following a boating accident, the most important step to take is the same thing you should do after any other type of accident: make sure everyone involved is safe. It is of utmost importance to assess any injuries sustained and evaluate whether or not emergency personnel should be contacted. Catastrophic injuries are more common in boating accidents so it is probable that the best choice is to contact first responders.
Once you have made sure that everyone involved is safe, it is essential that you assess the boat's damages to determine whether it's still capable of operating on the water. To keep you and your loved ones safe, it's always recommended to call for assistance and to get the boat towed to a safe location first.
Lastly, once all parties involved are safe, and the vessel is either docked or in a safe area, you can then begin to collect evidence you’ll need to file a claim with your insurance company. It is recommended that you take several detailed images from different angles to show the extent of the damage. Be sure to take photos of your own boat and any other vessels involved.
To protect yourself and other individuals, it is also a good idea to obtain the contact information of any person present at the time of the accident. It's possible that the contact information may come in handy later on if significant losses were sustained, whether on your side or on theirs.
If you’ve suffered injuries caused by a boating accident, it's important to get the medical attention you need first. Once you’ve received treatment for your injuries, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced boating accident lawyer to analyze the details of your case.
Our boating accident attorneys in PA have years of experience defending accident victims and have the resources to help you get the justice you deserve. Our law firm offers free consultations to all boating accident victims in PA. To schedule your free consultation, contact our local law office, we are ready to assist you.