Providing Skilled Legal Representation for Victims of Boat and Watercraft Accidents
Boating at Lake of the Ozarks is a pastime enjoyed by many in southwest Missouri. At roughly 1,150 miles, the lake has a total shoreline that is longer than the entire coastline of California, so it’s no wonder locals and tourists alike flock to “the Lake” in the warmer months. With this surge of Lake-goers comes an increase in boating activity. While no one anticipates being injured at the Lake, it is an unfortunate reality that boating accidents occur every year, some of which could have been avoided had the boat operator adhered to proper safety protocols.
At Cantor Injury Law, we may be able to help you seek financial compensation after a boating accident in which you were injured. This may include receiving compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
What Causes Boat Accidents?
Many negligent behaviors can cause boating accidents, but the U.S. Coast Guard reports the following as the most significant reasons boating accidents occur:
- Operator inattention: Boat operators must be vigilant of their surroundings, just as vehicle drivers are, and must not text, drink alcohol, or be fatigued while operating their watercraft.
- Excessive speed: Just as with driving, boat operators must adhere to reasonable speed limit regulations to prevent accidents.
- Improper lookout: The boat operator may be considered negligent if they fail to use their vessel in a reasonable manner in regard to other vessel traffic. Operators must heed posted restrictions and watch for the presence of hazards to ensure the safety of others.
- Intoxicated operator: Boating under the influence, or BUI, is just as illegal as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If the boat operator who caused your injuries was intoxicated, you can personally seek a civil suit against him or her, in addition to any pending criminal litigation the state seeks.
- Reckless boating: This may include behavior such as weaving through congested waterway traffic, hitting waves at high speeds, boating between the hours of dusk and dawn, or entering a marked swimming area where boats are prohibited.
How Can a St. Louis Boat Accident Lawyer Help Me?
If you were injured in a boating accident, you may want to sue the boat operator who caused your injuries. Seeking legal representation is a good way to start securing the compensation you are owed, as building a claim on your own can be highly complicated. Our attorneys at Cantor Injury Law handle personal injury claims, and we will use our skills and knowledge of the law to prove the boat operator’s negligence caused your injuries. We can help you collect all documentation necessary to prove your injuries were caused by the boat operator’s negligent or reckless boating.