Our law firm has extensive experience representing plaintiffs injured in both commercial and non-commercial boating accidents. If you have been injured in an accident, contact the Law Firm of Henry C. Dailey for a no-cost, no-obligation, consultation to review the facts of your case.
Accidents can involve any type of recreational water activities that employ marine vessels. Some good examples inc1ude water skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, kayaking and fishing. If the accident occurs on navigable waters, then admiralty and maritime rules or state rules on the operation of vessels could apply. An Alabama boating accident lawyer should be able to determine from your specific facts what rule set applies. If the accident occurs on non-navigable waters (such as a small lake) then the laws of the state where the accident occurred would apply.
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Most noncommercial marine accidents occur on pleasure craft and personal watercraft. In fact, personal watercraft, or “PWCs,” account for a high number of cases requiring a boating accident attorney. Sometimes these vessels are called wave runners or jet-ski's, but those are commercially trade-marked, brand-specificnames of the Sea-Doo and Yamaha corporations, respectively.
Private vessel and personal watercraft liability can arise from the following situations:
- Driver inattention - Distractions and the- failure to anticipate the movement of larger vessels in confined areas.
- Off-throttle steering - Most personal Watercraft utilizes an onboard engine which operates a pump jet and directional impeller to create thrust for propulsion and steerage. When the throttle is not engaged, the pump jet is not producing thrust. The maneuverability of many PWCs diminishes and eventually ceases.
- Driver inexperience.
- Passenger slip and fall - Boat decks are notoriousfor being slick, so passengers should wear boat shoes. Despite proper footwear, negligence and disregard for reasonable safety precautions can still result in injuries to passengers.
- Excessive speed.
- Reckless driving.
Commonly called “show boating,” reckless driving often occurs when owners attempt to demonstrate the capabilities of a new vessel or when judgment is impaired by the use of drugs or alcohol.
Operating under the influence.
Similar rules apply to operating a marine vessel under the influence of alcohol. Many people are unaware of these DUI rules or disregard the rules, increasing the danger of boat Operation.
This list is not an exhaustive list of issues that can give rise to liability when a boating accident occurs. It is crucial to contact an attorney, if you or a loved has experienced any type of injury from a boating or personal watercraft accident