Pleasure boating, yachting and personal watercraft sailing have all become increasingly popular for many Americans, not just on the ocean but on bays, lakes and rivers. There are almost 12 million registered pleasure boats in the United States. Over 50 million Americans a year use pleasure boats for recreation. Unfortunately, many serious personal injuries and deaths occur while boaters are out on their fishing or skiing boats, sailboats, yachts and jet skis.
Injuries from Boating Accidents Are More Common Than You May Realize
The United States Coast Guard published reports show over 620 fatalities and more than 2500 injuries occur on average each year from pleasure boating, and undoubtedly many more such incidents go unreported. These numbers are scary and are on the rise. More and more unsophisticated sailors get behind the wheel of powerboats, some of which can speed along at 50+ knots, over 60 miles an hour. Think of a car going that speed that doesn’t have brakes! Too often people injured in these boating accidents are injured due to another person’s negligence. Operators are unfamiliar with the Rules of the Road, the Prevention of Collision at Sea Regulations (COLREGS), and other maritime standards. Plus, of course, there is the problem of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Our Maritime Injury Lawyers Will Fight For Your Full Compensation
The law governing boating accidents is complex and incorporates both federal and state law. You need an experienced maritime law firm to navigate through the legal system when you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a boating accident. Contact our experienced attorneys today to receive the compensation you deserve.