When most people set foot on a boat, the last thing on their minds is an accident or crash. However, boating accidents occur more frequently than one might expect. Maritime accidents can come in many different forms, whether on commercial ships, non-commercial crafts, chartered boats, cruises, pleasure craft, ski boats or jet skis. Despite significant improvements in maritime technology and the ever-increasing safety standards of boat travel, maritime accidents are still prevalent and cause significant injuries in the United States.
COMMON CAUSES OF MARITIME ACCIDENTS
- CAPTAIN ERROR
- MANUFACTURING DEFECTS
- EQUIPMENT FAILURE
- STRUCTUAL OR DESIGN PROBLEMS
- VIOLATION OF INDUSTRY REGULATIONS
- NEGLIGENCE OF MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEES
- NEGLIGENCE OF OTHERS
- NEGLIGENCE IN A THIRD PARTY’S SELECTION OF A CARRIER
- FAILURE TO MAINTAIN THE CRAFT OR ITS COMPONENTS
Many accidents occur among recreational boaters that result from reckless or careless acts. In fact, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reports that there were 4,515 recreational boating accidents that involved watercraft, including motor boats, pontoon boats, canoes and personal watercraft (Jet Skis and Sea-Doos). If you have been injured through negligence or unseaworthiness, you have rights to compensation for pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, lost earning capacity, disability, disfigurement, medical expenses, and loss of enjoyment of life.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A BOATING OR MARITIME ACCIDENT?
The damages that can result from a maritime accident can be both physically and emotionally daunting. When you have your future on the line, you cannot afford to put your trust in an inexperienced attorney. Instead, you need to seek the guidance of attorneys who have extensive experience and resources to either reach a favorable settlement or win your case at trial. We have done both on behalf of our clients on numerous occasions. At Fulmer Sill, we are proud to deliver high-quality assistance to all of our clients. Should you choose to seek our legal representation, we are confident that our experience and knowledge will produce a favorable outcome for you. If you or a loved one have been in a maritime accident and have experienced a physical injury, we encourage you to consult with our team as soon as possible. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, you can rest assured that should you choose to work with us, you will have legal representation that you can trust. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. We handle all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us. Please contact Fulmer Sill at (405)510.0077 for a free consultation.