East Texas Boat Accident Lawyers
Boat Crash Attorneys Serving Beaumont, Tyler, Longview, Port Arthur & Beyond
Many people experience the tragedy of a car accident at some point. Even if they do not personally experience a car accident, nearly every person knows someone who has had their life changed by one. However, most individuals never expect to experience a boat accident. Many people throughout East Texas enjoy boating along the Gulf Coast. Texas also has the largest square mileage of inland bodies of water in the country. Texas’ vast aquatic geography has made boating popular for residents and visitors to our great state, but that comes with consequences.
When an accident happens, the fun can abruptly turn to tragedy. Boating accidents may cause catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. If you have experienced a boating accident, our East Texas boat accident attorneys are here to help. Arnold & Itkin has won billions for clients in tragic circumstances. Our dedication to our clients has ensured that they could afford the best medical treatment, replace their lost wages or diminished earning ability, or get in-home care when necessary.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, call (888) 493-1629. We help clients in East Texas, including New Ulm, Garwood, Fulshear, Richmond, Oakwood, Bon Wier, Shelbyville, as well as Tyler, Lufkin, Marshall, Athens, and more.
Boat Accident Causes
With the variety of recreational bodies of water, it is not surprising that Texas has the fourth-most boating accidents in the nation. Texas also has the second-highest death rate in boating accidents. In 2016, 53 people lost their lives in Texan waters in 176 total accidents. The 30 percent average fatality rate is even more alarming. Boating accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Boaters and boat rental companies must take every precaution to avoid negligent practices that lead to accidents. These are some of the most common causes of boating accidents in East Texas:
Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
Most of the nation’s boating accidents happen because operators have fun irresponsibly while on the water. In fact, 19 percent of the nation’s boating fatalities involved alcohol. The intoxicating effects of alcohol become more severe due to the swaying of the water and heat from the sun.
Like with cars, driving under the influence on the water is likely to result in vessel crash or other type of fatal accident.
Since they have no braking systems, boats take longer to slow down or stop. When an inexperienced or reckless driver is in control of a boat, they may misjudge the time it takes to stop a boat and cause a collision. In Texas, only those who were born after September 1993 are required to go through training before being able to operate a boat. In 2018, anyone over the age of 25 can operate a boat with no formal training. However, age does not prove competence on the water—in 2016, 1 out of every 3 boat accidents were caused by an operator over the age of 35.
A common cause of boating accidents comes down to misjudging surroundings. Large bodies of waters feel open and hazard-free. As a result, even experienced boat drivers have unwarranted confidence in their ability to operate their vessel at high speeds safely.
Many Texans own their boats and dedicate the time required to be safe. However, boats are also available to vacationers who may have never operated a vessel on the water before. Often, those who are driving boats for a weekend of fun cause accidents due to their inexperience. Even an experienced and conscientious boat operator can their life ruined by someone who should have never been allowed to rent a boat.
Our East Texas Vessel Accident Attorneys Have Won Billions for Our Clients
If you have been injured or have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one due to a boat accident, our East Texas boat accident lawyers may be able to help you. Arnold & Itkin has won billions for clients as we are dedicated to delivering the best settlement possible. Our Texas lawyers know how hard it is to recover after an accident. The sooner you speak to an attorney, the sooner you may be able to begin the recovery process.
Call (888) 493-1629 today for a free consultation with our East Texas boating accident law firm. Consultation is free and you never pay unless we win your case.