Boating Accident Attorney
An accident on the water can be a frightening experience and result in serious injury and property damage.
Boating accident attorney Lynn C. Harris in Provo and Salt Lake City, UT, can provide advice and pursue a claim for compensation.
What should I do after a boating accident?
Take the Right Steps
The first step if you were in a boating accident is to make sure everyone involved is out of immediate danger. Try and keep all vehicles out of harm's way and contact the Coast Guard immediately.
Seek Medical Attention
Once the immediate danger has passed, administer first aid to anyone who was injured. You can also request additional medical assistance from the Coast Guard. We strongly advise seeing a doctor as soon as possible, even if you do not believe you were injured.
If it is safe to do so, you should gather information from the other boaters as well as any witnesses, such as contact and insurance information and the registration or identification of the other vessels. You may want to take photographs of the scene as well.
Report the Accident
Under federal law, you must file a boating accident report in several instances, including if someone is killed or seriously injured, there is property damage of $2,000 or more, the vessel is lost, or someone disappears.
If you owned or operated one of the vehicles involved in the accident, you should notify your insurer as you may need to make a claim for damages. However, you should not sign anything until an attorney reviews the documents.
Contact an Attorney
As soon as possible after a boating accident, you should schedule a free consultation at our practice. Mr. Harris can protect your best interests, negotiate with your insurance company, and determine the best course of action for you.
Hiring a Lawyer Can Put the Odds in Your Favor
Start Your RecoveryAfter being injured, the last thing you want to do is deal with the legalities. Mr. Harris handles these complexities so that you can focus on your recovery.
Many boating accidents occur because others act negligently or recklessly. Lawyers work with accident reconstruction experts to determine the cause of the accident, establish fault, and ultimately help recover compensation from the responsible party.
Recover CompensationWhile insurance companies will often try to get you to settle for a low amount, lawyers work with economists and other professionals to accurately calculate the full extent of your injuries, ensuring that you recover the maximum compensation possible.
Boating Accidents Account for Hundreds of Injuries and Deaths Every Year
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard's 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics reported alarming numbers surrounding boating accidents and injuries.
In 2017 alone, there were 4,291 boating accidents. These accidents resulted in 658 deaths and over 2,600 injuries.
The top five causes of boating accidents were:
- Operator inattention
- Lack of operator experience
- Poor lookout
- Equipment failure
- Use of alcohol
Factors That Determine Whether You Have a Case
Was Negligence a Factor?
If your injury was directly caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person, you may be eligible for damages.
Were You Injured?If you suffered an injury that resulted in medical bills, loss of income, or permanent disability, you may have a case. Injuries are not limited to physical harm; they can also include pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Jet Skis Are Incredibly Fun Until They're Involved in Accidents
Salt Lake City, UT, offers some of the best recreational lakes in the state, making it a popular destination for jet skiers.
However, because of their small size, high speed capacity, and lack of safety restraints, jet skis can expose passengers and swimmers to serious injuries or wrongful death when they are involved in accidents.
Jet ski accidents can be caused by jet engine failure, reckless driving, or poor maintenance. Our Salt Lake City law firm can investigate the cause of the accident and determine whether negligence was involved. Because multiple parties including jet ski drivers, boat operators, manufacturers, and rental companies could be responsible for the accident, you need a skilled boat accident lawyer like Lynn Harris to investigate your case.