I Got into a Boating Accident. Who's Liable?

I Got into a Boating Accident. Who's Liable?

When determining liability in a boating accident, the answer isn’t always clear-cut. There are many different factors that must be accounted to properly decide who is responsible for the accident. It’s important to note that there are certain circumstances where liability can be extremely difficult to determine.

If you were injured in a boating accident and are looking to seek the compensation you deserve, call Cantor Injury Law today (314) 485-4005. Let our team of experienced St. Louis injury attorneys do the work for you.

Each year, there are more than 4,500 recreational boating accidents, which link to the death of more than 600 individuals. Non-fatal accidents still have the ability to cause major injuries, such as:

  • Paralysis

  • Brain injury

  • Fractures/Breaks

  • Loss of limbs

Following a boating accident where injuries were sustained, the first thing on many victim’s minds is:

“How can I seek compensation for the injuries I’ve sustained, and how do I prove it wasn’t my fault?”

To better explain how determining liability works in boating accidents, we will begin by explaining which parties may be held responsible.


  • The boat operator: If the individual operating the boat failed to provide reasonable safety for the members aboard, if they are under the influence while operating the boat, or if they disregarded maritime law—they may be held liable.
  • A passenger of the boat: If a passenger on the boat was acting reckless or was a distraction to prevent the driver from their duty of providing safe travels—they may be held liable.

  • The boat owner: The owner of the vessel may be held responsible if they allowed someone to use the boat knowing that they were not qualified or fit to use it.

  • The manufacturer: The manufacturer of the vessel may be held responsible in the event that the accident occurred from a defect.

  • The rental company: In the event that you were out on the water in a rental boat when the accident took place, the rental company may be held liable for not properly maintaining their vehicles.

How Cantor Injury Law Can Help

Now that you’ve seen the possible parties who can be held liable for a boating accident, it’s time to get started on filing your personal injury claim. There are many different factors that go into determining liability to seek the compensation you deserve following a boating accident. Don’t go through the process alone!

At Cantor Injury Law, our team of staunch St. Louis personal injury attorneys works around the clock to ensure our clients get the best possible outcome. We will handle everything, to allow you to ease your mind while recovering. Don’t let the negligence of another person change your future.

Contact us today at (314) 485-4005 to schedule your free consultation, and get on your way to recovering what is yours.

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