Boating Accident Injury Attorneys in Louisiana
Protecting Injury Victims on Land and at Sea
Most motor vehicle accidents involve passenger vehicles or motorcycles, but thousands of boating accidents still occur every year in the United Sates, more than 10% of those being fatal. Though Louisiana lakes and the nearby Gulf of Mexico make for great recreational boating locations, it is still important to note the dangers of boating and that if you’ve experienced a wrongful injury or death of a loved one on a boat, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the party or parties responsible.
Notable Boating Accident Statistics
In comparison to some of the more prevalent motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents are about 20% as common. Still, the recreational activity does have the potential to host catastrophic injuries or deaths, especially in boaters who fail to appreciate its dangers and jeopardize others. The following statistics are from the report, Recreational Boating Statistics 2015.
This report is a compilation of data from the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard, and the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety:
- The U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,158 boating accidents total in the year 2015.
- 2,613 of those accidents resulted in injury.
- 626 of the total number accidents resulted in fatality.
- The State of Louisiana accounted for 87 of the total boating accidents, 39 of the injuries, and 20 of the fatalities.
- The year 1997 saw a total of 8,047 boating accidents in the United States. When compared to the total in 2015, boating accidents have almost been cut in half in roughly the last 20 years.
- Alcohol is the primary contributing factor for boating fatalities, accounting for 17% of them.
- Beside alcohol, the top five primary contributing factors to boating accidents were operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, machinery failure, and excessive speed.
- 80% of boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length.
Especially if you were injured in a boating accident in which you believe the fault to be alcohol or negligence, you should contact our personal injury firm immediately. The sooner we can conduct your free case evaluation, the sooner we can begin our investigation into who or what entity may be liable for damages.
Other Inherent Dangers of Boating
While most boating accidents are caused by operator error or the influence of alcohol, there are many factors in boating that cannot exactly be avoided. Traveling on water poses natural threats, and boaters should take them into consideration.
Some of the most problematic of these include:
Exposure to severe weather:
While traveling in a car during most storms is still achievable, boats are more exposed to the weather. Even if you are sheltered on a boat, it is still subject to the throws of the water. Large waves and choppy water can lead to capsizing and drowning in the violent water.
Difficulty in boat operation:
Boats do not have the same braking systems as land vehicles have. A boat cannot come to a complete, abrupt stop as needed. Additionally, boats cannot as easily swerve obstacles. This means that collisions are harder to avoid, and boaters need more time for maneuvering.
More lenient licensing:
Obtaining a boating license in some states is either unnecessary or much easier to do than for a driver’s license. Many boaters do not know how to take the proper safety measures or handle the boat in a sudden emergency. This leads to more lives becoming endangered.
Obtaining Legal Representation for Your Boating Injury
The experienced legal team at Arnold & Itkin is experienced with investigating accidents on the water, and we can employ our training and to demand compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys will conduct a free evaluation of your case and walk you through every step of the process.
If you have been injured in a boating accident in the greater Louisiana area, call us at (225) 412-6348 for nationally acclaimed personal injury representation you can trust.