Houston Boat Accident Lawyers
Our Texas Boating Accident Attorneys Have Helped Clients Nationwide
Most people realize that car accidents happen. The statistics are hard to ignore. However, most people fail to realize that the same dangers attributed to these inland accidents can be attributed to vehicles on the water as well. Throughout the Gulf Coast, people enjoy boating. Such fun in the sun, however, can sometimes have a cost. Boating accidents are a prevalent source of catastrophic injuries, which can even be fatal.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a boating accident, or if a fatal boat accident resulted in wrongful death, you should not hesitate to get in touch with an experienced Houston boat accident lawyer from our firm as soon as possible. Throughout the years, our firm has helped our clients recover billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. We are here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Common Causes of Boating Accidents in Texas & Throughout the Gulf Coast
Boating Under the Influence
Most people on a boat are doing so as recreation—and, for many people, alcohol is a very present factor in their recreational activities. Unfortunately, boating while drinking is just as dangerous as driving under the influence and can lead to similar crashes.
Severe & Hazardous Weather
When weather gets bad, a boat is often left vulnerable to the whims of the water. Heavy rain, wind, and other weather can cause a boat to be difficult to navigate. Should lightning become involved, the situation can quickly turn deadly.
Different Functioning of Boat Operation
One of the most important aspects of driving a boat is the fact that boats don't have a braking system, which means there is no way for them to come to a stop should they need to immediately. This can cause serious complications for inexperienced operators.
Inexperienced Drivers Behind the Wheel
Boaters are not required to get the same licensing as other drivers. If the boat driver doesn't know the proper rules, doesn't know how to handle the vehicle, or is unable able to adapt to changing conditions, they can cause serious accidents.
Boat Owners vs. Boat Renters
Boating has two extremely different groups of people. On the one hand, there are boat owners. Boat owners are people who take boating seriously because they know just how dangerous and expensive a boating accident can be. They use their boat for recreational activities, but they do so with measured risk and precise caution. However, the other group of people on the water are boat renters. While not every renter is irresponsible, some do not take boating regulations and rules as seriously. Often, boat renters are people who decide to rent a boat because it’s a new adventure. They want to try something different. Unfortunately, an adventure can turn into thrill-seeking and irresponsible driving. The beauty of an open lake or calm sea invites inexperienced drivers to put their rental to the test, pushing the boundaries of safe boating practices. Any boat traveling at high speeds is dangerous, but when the scenario is mixed with an inexperienced driver, the result can be fatal.
Do you have questions about boating in Texas?
Check out Boater Education / Operator Frequently Asked Questions from the TPWD.
The Size of a Body of Water Can Cause Drivers to Be Unsafe
As someone drives around their city or state, they do so with measured risk. They make decisions in split seconds, and they follow through with those decisions to benefit their traveling experience. Measured risk is heightened when drivers are on the freeway or highway. The increase in speed, traffic, and overall variables usually causes a driver to stiffen up. They begin to be more calculating and to “drive defensively.” This is the argument many make for way the German autobahn has fewer accidents per person than American freeways, and why most car accidents happen within a mile of someone’s home. When it comes to driving, familiarity and low-risk areas can lull motorists into accidents.
This same principle can be applied to boating. When a boater is out on an ocean or lake, they are more relaxed because they have more space. They may see nothing but open water, and after a few hours of open range driving, they become less measured. They begin to take more risks, they aren’t as alert, and they forget that they are driving a vehicle at 50 mph. This is why operator inattention is the number one reason why boating accidents occur. Boaters get lulled into a false sense of security until an accident happens.
Houston Boat Accident FAQ
What causes boating accidents?
The majority of boating accidents are caused by some type of error or negligence on the part of the boat operator. This can be chalked up to inexperience, drunk boating, speeding, or simple carelessness. In other instances, boat accidents are caused by defective boat parts, heavy weather, debris in waterways, or lack of adequate lighting or warning signs. Some boat accidents occur because of unsafe conditions on deck. By determining the cause your accident, our Houston attorneys can identify who should be held accountable.
What types of injuries do boat accidents cause?
One of the greatest dangers of boat accidents is that they occur in the water. A person who is thrown from a boat or who is left in the water when a boat sinks may not be rescued immediately. Minutes and even seconds are precious when an injured person is in the water. Even a relatively uninjured person may be at risk of drowning or suffering from hypothermia if left in the water too long.
The following are potential consequences of Gulf Coast boating accidents:
- Brain damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord trauma
- Severe burns
Boat accident victims and their families deserve justice. That’s what we fight for every day at Arnold & Itkin.
Who can I hold responsible for my boating accident?
When boat accidents occur because an individual was careless or a corporation put profits over safety, they should be held accountable. The party (or parties) that can be held legally responsible for your boating accident will depend on the circumstances at hand. If the accident was caused by a drunk boat operator, for example, he or she may be responsible. If the accident involved a cruise liner, the cruise ship company may be liable. If a vessel was defective or malfunctioned, the manufacturer may be to blame. At Arnold & Itkin, we’ve fought against the biggest corporations—and won. Take this opportunity to find out how we can help you.
Talk to a Texas Boat Accident Attorney from Our Law Firm: (888) 493-1629
You should not hesitate to get the involvement of a Houston boat accident attorney from our law firm as soon as possible. Over the years, we have been successful in some of the most complex injury claims and have proven our unwavering commitment to our clients.
Our Texas lawyers know what is on the line and we will do everything that we can to help our clients maximize their recovery so that they can get their life back on track.
Do not hesitate to give us a call at (888) 493-1629. The sooner you get us involved, the sooner we can evaluate your case and come up with the best course of legal action.
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