Receive Due Compensation for Injuries from Boating Accidents
Boating accidents can happen as a result of operator inexperience, impairment by alcohol or drugs, weather conditions, or equipment failure. If you have suffered a personal injury in a boating accident due to someone else’s negligence, the Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C. in Arlington, TX can represent you and help make sure your legal rights are protected.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
While unforeseen events can occur, understanding the risk factors and causes of boating accidents can help you and your loved ones avoid them. Some of the most common causes of boating accidents include:
- Drugs or Alcohol: Drinking alcoholic beverages can severely impede reaction time. In the same way that a driver can be arrested for DUI, a boater can be arrested for Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) in the state of Texas.
- Sun Exposure and Alcohol: Many people incorrectly assume they will have the same tolerance for alcohol while out on the water. However, due to dehydration and sun exposure, intoxication can occur more rapidly and with less alcohol. Put simply, if you will be operating a boat, do not drink alcohol.
- No Brakes: Boats do not have brakes. Therefore, the vessel can only be maneuvered to avoid an accident, rather than be stopped. Some boats can run in reverse, which can slow the impact. However, it is often not enough to avoid injury.
- Inexperienced Boaters: Waterways have rules just as highways and interstates do. It is important for every person who will be operating a boat to attend a boater safety course. Having a full understanding of these regulations can help avoid accidents and injuries.
- Weather: Inclement weather can lead to accidents while on the water. In addition to storms, extreme heat and sun can lead to heat exhaustion or fainting, which can certainly result in injury.