Boating can be a great pastime for anyone who loves to be on the water. A boat can be used for thousands of activities including fishing, water sports, and traveling along the waterside relaxing. During all of these activities there is the possibility of being in a boating accident. Boating accidents occur more than they are reported. However, in the event of a personal injury sustained due to a boating accident, it is very important to report it to the proper authorities.
The Most Common Type of Boating Accidents
The ways that someone can be involved in an accident are limitless. There are some that have never been experienced, such as getting knocked out of a fire tower by a kite, awkward but still an accident. Boating accidents come in different types as well, but most of them can be categorized into a few different types of situations. When filing a negligence claim, remember that you will have to prove that these events caused your personal injury.
Most boating accidents fall under one of these situations:
- Hitting a wave
- Side swiping, or hitting another boat
- Hitting the wake of another boat
- Hitting an object that was submerged such as a large rock, land, or other object
After someone has been in a boating accident, if they wish to recover any compensation for the damages or injuries that they sustained they must file a claim. This claim is normally for negligence on the party who was driving, the owner of the boat, or the boat owner who came in contact and caused the accident. Some claims do not hold up because at the time of the accident, no one was negligent, but the event still occurred and you sustained injuries.
The best way to discover if you have a boating negligence claim or not is to hire a professional attorney who is knowledgeable in all boating accidents. By hiring an attorney, you will be able to have all of your questions answered and your concerns heard. They will be able to walk you through filing a negligence claim, but will also help you to determine if you have a case at all. Therefore, it is important that you obtain all of the information necessary to file a claim, including the information of the boat owner for the boat you were aboard and any other boat that came in contact with it, pictures, witness accounts, and other vital records.