Boating Accidents

The Law Offices of Kevin M. Siegel can help and support you if you or someone you care about has been injured as the result of a boating accident.

Boating accidents, although not as common as automobile accidents, create millions of dollars in damages and medical bills. Boating accident damages rose from $43,670,424 in 2006 to $53,106,496 in 2007. However, the number of fatalities in 2007 was 685, compared to 710 in 2006, drowning being the cause of over two-thirds of those deaths.

Collision with a vessel is the number one type of boating accident, resulting in over 1,300 accidents in 2007. Open motorboats experience the most deaths and injuries, with a combined total of 2,220 in 2007. There are many causes of boating accidents:

Operator Inattention
Careless/Reckless Operation
Passenger/Skier Behavior
Excessive Speed
Alcohol Use
No Proper Lookout
Operator Inexperience
Machinery Failure
Equipment Failure

Those suffering from injuries due to others lack of concern or focus on the water end up missing work, dealing with lingering pain, having to pay heavy medical bills, losing sleep and on occasion, death. It isn’t right or fair that the innocent pay for the actions of the guilty.

Having a competent attorney on your side to help you navigate the often confusing and overwhelming issues that arise after a boating accident is vitally important. An attorney will serve as your advocate and can assist you in getting medical expenses paid by the proper party, getting your boat repaired quickly, helping you with insurance issues and, if necessary, filing a lawsuit to compensate you for your losses due to an accident.

If you or someone you know has been in a boating accident or simply has questions which need to be answered, contact an attorney from the Law Offices of Kevin M. Siegel. The initial consult is at no charge to you!