Maryland Boating Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a boating accident, you should seek the guidance of an experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer who can help to protect your rights. The lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC have a long history of aggressively pursing the maximum compensation available for their clients. Call us at 1 (844)-MDCRASH or 1 (844) 632-7274 for a free consultation and comprehensive evaluation of your claim.
What Are Some Common Causes of Boating Accidents?
One-third of all boating accidents happen when at least one of the operators is boating under the influence of alcohol. Operating a boat while under the influence is illegal and carries heavy fines and potential incarceration.
The fumes from boat engines can be fatal if passengers are exposed to high concentrations of carbon monoxide.
Lack of boating experience
If you can drive a car, you can legally drive a boat. Boaters are not required to take boating specific classes in addition to what little instructions they may receive during drivers training. Vehicle drivers must take a driving test before being allowed to drive. But that is not the case with those operating a boat or other watercraft.
Winds, rain, lightning strikes and severe waves can lead boating injuries as well.
Boat Accident Liability
Boaters must adhere to the safety guidelines created by the United States Coast Guard. When an accident occurs, it is important to determine if the boat’s operator was acting in a reasonable manner or if there was negligence. Was the driver mindful of the conditions, other boaters and the passengers on board? The key for a jury in a personal injury or wrongful death case in Maryland is to determine if the boat driver acted within the “reasonable person” standard.
The Rights of a Boat Accident Victim
There are legal recourses a boating injury victim may pursue.
If the dock, land or building is damaged from the crash.
When there is personal injury and subsequent hospitalization from the crash.
Non Economic Damages (Pain & Suffering):
A victim may receive from the negligent driver compensation for pain and suffering and for any permanent injuries and/or disabilities he or she may suffer.
This may include boat repair fees or even loss of wages when personal injuries keep you from work.
Negligent boat drivers may face civil and criminal liability. The state may charge a negligent boat driver for reckless driving, gross negligence or boating while intoxicated. All carry heavy fines. Please remember to be safe each boating season. Always leave plenty of space between you and other boaters and be sure to review the safety guidelines set forth by the United States Coast Guard. Always wear a life jacket while on a boat.