Cooper Law Partners helps people who have been injured as a result of a recreational boating accident. Boating is one of the country’s most popular forms of entertainment and recreational pastimes. In fact, millions of boats are registered in the United States. Unfortunately, more boating increases the likelihood of boating accidents. When a boating accident caused by someone else leads to injury, injured parties may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a Cooper Law Partners boating accident attorney.
Recreational Boating Accidents
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) reports that there were 4,463 recreational boating accidents in 2016. Tragically, those accidents led to 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries, and approximately $49 million in property damage. From 2015 to 2016, the number of recreational boating accidents increased by 7.3 percent, the number of fatalities by 12 percent, and the number of injuries by 11.1 percent.
The most common factors leading to recreational boating accidents include:
- Alcohol use
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Improper lookout
- Excessive speed
- Machinery failure
- Weather Navigation rules violation
- Hazardous waters
- Force of wave/wake
With the exception of machinery failure, most boating injuries stem from negligence on the part of the owner or operator. Defective parts on the vessel can also lead to boating accidents. If you have been injured in a boating accident, call Cooper Law Partners to help you pursue your claim against the guilty party and recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
What to Do When You Are Involved in Boat Accident
The following steps should be taken if you are involved in a boating accident:
- Call law enforcement or the Coast Guard and ask for official records of the accident
- Find witnesses and obtain signed eyewitness testimony
- Obtain official medical records from a licensed health care provider who oversaw your medical treatment and diagnoses
- Collect documentation stating your need for continued medical treatment for injuries sustained in the boat accident
- Obtain photographs of the scene where the accident took place (the boat(s) involved in the accident, the injuries, the witnesses, the surrounding area, etc.)
- Request insurance documents detailing the cause of the accident
What Happens After You Hire a Boat Accident Lawyer?
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a recreational boating accident, a boat accident lawyer with Cooper Law Partners can help guide you through the legal process. During your free case review, we will learn more about your accident and begin fighting for maximum compensation. In some cases, we may be able to settle a claim without having to go to trial. If a case cannot be settled, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Cooper Law Partners fights for maximum compensation in every case. Common types of damages recoverable in a boat accident injury case include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of ability to earn
- Scarring and disfigurement
In the case of fatalities, our boat accident attorneys will work with the surviving family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the decedent. The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
How Cooper Law Partners Can Help Victims of Boating Accidents
When negligence results in injury, the injured party suffers loss in many ways. The boating accident lawyers at Cooper Law Partners will help maximize your likelihood of obtaining full compensation for loss of earnings, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages.
Victims of negligence and their families are encouraged to schedule a free case review to learn more about how Cooper Law Partners attorneys can maximize the compensation they receive for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We are ready to help.