Why Boating Accidents Occur
Boating accident injuries occur for a variety of different reasons. Though, very few boating accidents are truly unavoidable. In fact, most boat injuries could have been prevented, if only proper safety protocols had been followed. Some of the most common reasons why boat accidents occur in the Portland region include:
- Boat operator inexperience;
- Drunk or drugged boat operation;
- Boat operator distraction, or other types of carelessness or inattention;
- Speeding or making reckless turns;
- Failing to provide an adequate number of life jackets;
- Boat owners allowing passengers to sit in unsafe locations;
- Boat owners failing to make proper safety repairs;
- Commercial boat companies hiring unqualified or under trained staff members;
- Boating in a restricted or otherwise unsafe area;
- The boat being poorly manufactured.
How to Establish Liability in a Boat Accident Case
Ultimately, if your boat accident injury was caused by the negligence of any other party, you can and should hold them liable for your injuries. Our firm will investigate your case, and secure the evidence needed to make a strong claim under Oregon’s comparative negligence law (ORS 31.600), Washington’s comparative law (RCW 4.22.005) or any other state or federal statutes.
Notably, both commercial and recreational boat operators can be held liable for any accident. For the most part, these cases proceed in a similar manner. However, commercial boat operators are held to much higher safety standards. If you or a family member was hurt on a commercial boat, we can help you bring a legal case.
Compensation Available for Boating Accident Victims
Our firm helps boat accident victims seek a full and fair settlement offer for their damages. Most boat owners and operators carry insurance, and thus these claims are typically handled by large insurance companies. Insurers are committed to protecting their own bottom line. They will not usually willingly pay you the full settlement you deserve. To hold the insurer fully accountable, you should always work with a qualified personal injury attorney. Our firm will fight aggressively, to ensure that you are able to maximize your recovery. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be eligible to recover for:
- Any property damage;
- Emergency room and ambulance fees;
- All other medical bills;
- Required medication and medical equipment;
- Physical or psychological therapy;
- Short-term or long-term disability;
- Lost income, including diminished earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental distress;
- Severe physical damage, including disfigurement;
- Loss of life enjoyment; and
- Wrongful death.
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