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Common boating accident injuries include (1) pleasure craft accidents; (2) products liability; (3) boat collisions and allisions; and (4) cruise ship accidents.
A pleasure craft is a recreational or sportsman’s boat or other floating transport vehicle. They are typically motorized but include certain sailing vessels. These watercraft are often used on lakes, ponds, or rivers.
Unfortunately, a weekend at the lake sometimes turns into tragedy. In 2012, recreational boating accidents accounted for 651 deaths, 3000 injuries, and approximately $38 million dollars in property damage. Most if not all of these accidents were preventable.
Many times, accidents involving pleasure craft occur because of a product defect or the negligence of another person or company. In such cases, the injured persons and their families may be entitled to compensation from the product manufacturer or responsible party.
According to the United States Coast Guard, common reportable boating accidents include:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating or pleasure craft accident, the maritime and personal injury lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard can help. Please call us or click here for a free, confidential consultation.
Every year, numerous pleasure craft products are sold that have dangerous designs, manufacturing, or warnings. Recent examples can be found here.
These defects involve things like throttle and shift control, ventilation, labeling, fuel systems, exhaust systems, electrical issues, and safety lighting.
Because product defect accidents are so catastrophic, injured parties and their families are often entitled to bring strict “products liability” claims that require a lower burden of proof.
A collision is when two moving vessels strike each other. An allision is similar, but refers to a collision where one of the two vessels is stationary.
A collision or allision can result in chemical spills, property damage, and personal injuries. These claims are serious and often require an attorney who handles maritime cases. If you believe you may have such a claim, please contact us as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights.
Sadly, many family cruise vacations have been tragically ruined when cruise companies cut corners on safety to maximize profit. The result can be unnecessary illness, personal injuries, or even death. These cases are serious and may involve thorny jurisdiction and liability issues.
If you or a loved one has been injured in connection with a boating or maritime incident, the maritime and personal injury lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard can help. Please call us or click here for a free, confidential consultation.
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