Boating is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy sunshine, warm weather and good friends. But some people forget that boats, like cars, can be fast, powerful and dangerous. Negligent operation of a boat can lead to tragedy.

There are over 600,000 boats registered in the state of Texas, and for many, boating is a relaxing hobby or a fun activity. However, safety guidelines should never be forgotten. It is necessary to aggressively protect the rights of people who have been injured in boating accidents, whether as the operator of another watercraft, a passenger, a swimmer or anyone involved in any other activity in the water.

Boating accidents include all different types of watercraft such as:

  • Motorboats
  • Sailboats
  • Jet skis, wave runners
  • Windsurfers
  • Surf boards
  • Rowboats
  • Canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards

Boating accidents can occur for numerous reasons, such as boating under the influence (BUI), inexperienced and non-licensed operators, and reckless and dangerous behavior. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, boating under the influence (BUI) is just as dangerous as drunk driving. In fact, the Coast Guard says that boat operators are likely to become impaired faster than motorists. Federal BUI laws pertain to all watercraft – including canoes, rowboats, and other recreational vessels.

Types of injuries can include:

  • Muscle Injury
  • Amputation or loss of limb
  • Water inhalation
  • Hypothermia
  • Brain or spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Drowning
  • Fatality

Boating can be dangerous when drivers are negligent, and very serious injuries can result. For information regarding boating accidents or for a free case evaluation, please contact us at 512-472-7799.

Pursuing compensation against an unsafe boat driver allows you to receive the medical treatment and rehabilitation that get you back to a normal life. And you may also be able to pursue damages for the suffering you had to endure from the crash. At the Todd Law Firm, we are dedicated to pursuing justice for the victims of negligent boating injury accidents in Austin and across Texas. If you have been injured by a negligent boater, contact us today for a free case evaluation. Learn how we can help recover damages for your boating accident. Learn how to avoid common mistakes that can compromise your case. Let us protect your rights and help you successfully resolve your claim. Contact us today to review your case and discuss your options.

David Todd
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Austin TX Family Law, Personal Injury and Eminent Domain Attorney