Boating Accidents

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports that in a recent year there were 12 boating fatalities and 77 non-fatal boating accidents.

Common causes of boating accidents include:

  • Inexperience of boating operator
  • Operator inattention
  • Alcohol
  • Unsafe speeds
  • Careless or reckless operation
  • Failure to keep a proper lookout

If you are hurt in a boating accident, you may have sustained medical expenses, lost income, a reduction in your earning capacity, rehabilitation expenses as well as pain and suffering.

Depending upon where the accident occurred, federal maritime laws may be involved. If the person who caused the accident was intoxicated and was served alcohol at a business establishment, you may have a claim against that establishment if the driver of the boat was intoxicated at the time he was served. Defective boating equipment may give rise to a claim against the manufacturer. All of these possible issues require prompt and thorough investigation and knowledge of the legal aspects with which you may be faced.

INJURED? GET ACTION!

If you’ve been injured in a boating accident in Minnesota, Iowa or South Dakota, contact us to get started on resolving your boating accident case. Remember, consultations with prospective clients on boating accident injury cases are free of charge.