Boat Accident Lawyers

Texas offers several wonderful opportunities for you and your loved ones to get outside and enjoy the water. Whether you’re heading out for a day on the lake or going out on the ocean, there are several options for recreational boating. Although there are strict safety measures in place to reduce the risk of catastrophes, accidents do happen. In fact, Texas boating accidents reached a 30-year high in 2020—overall accidents on the water were up by 67% and injuries were up by 64%. Of these incidents, over 70% occurred on open motorboats or personal watercrafts.

While it’s important to take the proper safety measures when you’re out on the water, if you’re in any kind of boat accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer like Houston M. Smith.

What to Do When Involved in a Passenger Boat Accident

A passenger boat accident refers to an accident that involves privately owned and operated watercrafts, vessels, or a ferry. The most common cause of boating fatalities and serious accidents tends to be alcohol use, but there are several other conditions that could lead to injuries. Some of these include:

  • Operator experience
  • Distractions
  • Carelessness
  • Excessive speed
  • Obstructed vision
  • Navigational errors
  • Lack of safety gear
  • Sharp turns
  • Capsizing or sinking
  • Force of waves/wakes
  • Propeller accidents
  • Fires
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Mechanical or equipment failure
  • Slips and falls on the watercraft
  • Standing or sitting in unauthorized areas

Although less common, boating accidents tend to be more serious than car accidents because the risk of drowning is involved in every case. Additionally, people tend to operate boats with a sense of carelessness, and some individuals may drink while behind the wheel. This can significantly increase the risk of problematic situations. Some of the most common boating accident injuries that occur on the water include broken bones, joint problems, torn ligaments, electrocutions or burns, near drownings, drownings, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and even death. If you or a loved one has experienced some degree of bodily harm after a boat accident caused by the negligence of another person, reach out to the experienced lawyers at Houston M. Smith today.

How to Handle Commercial Boating Accidents

Commercial boating accidents tend to refer to injuries that occur when an individual is working aboard a vessel. Like workers’ compensation, injuries caused by these types of incidents may entitle you to compensation under federal law. However, there are specific qualifications that need to be met in order for an individual to qualify for these benefits. Houston M. Smith can help you determine your qualifications and work towards getting you the compensation you need to overcome any short- or long-term injury.

If you’ve recently been injured or lost a loved one to a boating accident, turn to The Law Offices of Houston M. Smith. We’re here to help you hold liable parties accountable and receive the compensation you deserve after a boat accident. Contact us today for your free case evaluation at (945) 468-7866 or send us an email to schedule a consultation.