Boating accidents have become more and more common in our area of West Virginia where there are an abundance of recreational waterways. These motorized boats can excel to extremely high speeds and often weigh more than an automobile. If operated in a negligent fashion a collision with such a vehicle can be deadly and can permanently alter the lives of a family.
Huntington Boating Accident Attorneys
Operators of boats, like automobile drivers, have a legal obligation to operate watercraft in a safe manner. The major causes of boat accidents are operator inattention, careless/reckless operation, operator inexperience, operating at an unsafe speed, and failure to have a proper lookout. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, it is critical to work with an experienced boating accident lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected.
Operating a boat in a negligent manner is a crime. In addition to criminal penalties, boat operators also can be sued for negligence if their carelessness causes someone to get hurt. If a boat operator drives too fast for conditions and collides with another boat or object and someone gets hurt, the injured party may be entitled to sue and collect compensation. If the operator was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, civil and criminal liability may result.
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As experienced personal injury attorneys, Woelfel & Woelfel can help you to receive compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, future earnings and permanent disability, as well as punitive damages to punish an operator who caused the injury.
It is important to speak with us as soon as possible following a boating accident. Before speaking with an insurance company, even your own, you should have the counsel of a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.