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Boating is a popular year-round pastime in Alabama and Mississippi, where the Gulf of Mexico is easily accessible, along with dozens of inland lakes, rivers, and state parks. Unfortunately, with that many people on the water, the odds of being involved in a boating accident increases.
Boating crashes frequently result in the loss of life, and they are becoming all too common. According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), 28 people died in boating accidents in Alabama in 2019, the state’s highest total in 20 years. Another five people in Mississippi died from boat accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a boat crash, you may be eligible for compensation. In this blog, the Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys team will outline what you need to know and what you should do if you are involved in a boating accident in Alabama or Mississippi.
Safety should be the first priority for all boating enthusiasts, in all types of personal watercraft, including motorboats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks, or rowboats.
Boater safety starts with life jackets, which are essential for anyone on the water. Even strong swimmers should wear a life jacket. The USCG reported that 82% of drowning victims in 2019 were not wearing a life jacket. If you fall off a boat, it is easy to become injured, disoriented, or even get knocked unconscious. A life jacket will help keep your head above the water until you can be rescued.
The USCG reported that 82% of drowning victims in 2019 were not wearing a life jacket. If you fall off a boat, it is easy to become injured, disoriented, or even get knocked unconscious. A life jacket will help keep your head above the water until you can be rescued.
Here are some other things to keep in mind when you are on the water:
Boating accidents can happen for a lot of reasons. One common factor is people making poor decisions while driving a boat or watercraft. Dangerous habits cause many crashes, and those wrecks lead to death all too often.
According to the U.S. Coasts Guard’s 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics Report, here are the 10 most common contributing factors to boating accidents:
The first thing you should do if you are involved in a boating accident is seek medical attention for anyone that is hurt or injured. Even if you don’t feel like you’ve been badly hurt, a doctor can find hidden symptoms you might miss and help prevent long-term medical issues.
Once everyone is safe, note that you are required by federal law to file a boating accident report with your state if you were the boat operator or owner of a vessel that results in any of the following:
Reports must be filed with your state’s Marine Police Division within 48 hours if someone dies or requires medical treatment, or within 10 days if there is only boat or property.
Take down the names and contact information of all the passengers that were on your boat at the time of the accident, along with the name, insurance, and contact information of the driver who hit your boat. Record everything you can remember about the crash, interactions with local law enforcement, and take pictures of any injuries and property damage. These details will be important if you file a personal injury claim.
An experienced boat crash attorney can help you understand your legal options if you have been in an accident. Boating accidents can be challenging because a collision on the water won’t leave the same kind of evidence as a car crash.
Experienced boat crash attorneys can help you uncover hidden accident causes, every available source of compensation, and ensure you get the best results possible. Your lawyer can help with other legal items you may be struggling with, including:
An experienced boating accident attorney can help you recover compensation to cover:
Even if you’re not sure about working with an attorney, Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys can help you understand your options and what to do next.
Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys has a long track record of success with boating accident cases. We can help you get the justice you deserve if you have or someone you love has been hurt in a boating accident in Alabama or Mississippi waters. We’ll meet with you individually to listen to your story, identify your options, and help you decide what to do next.
We aggressively pursue justice through careful research and bold strategies. Thanks to the results of a thorough investigation and aggressive tactics, we helped reach a $290,000 settlement for Karen, who was injured on shore by a drunk boater traveling at high speeds.
To learn more about your options, steps to take to protect your case, and how the Andy Citrin team can help, please schedule a free, confidential consultation. Reserve your time today by contacting our team at 251-888-8888 or complete our online form.
National Safety Council. (n.d.). Recreational Boating: Stay Safe on the Water. Retrieved from https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/boating
U.S. Coast Guard. (2020, June 4). 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.uscgboating.org/library/accident-statistics/Recreational-Boating-Statistics-2019.pdf
U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division. (n.d.). Accident Reporting. Retrieved from https://www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/accident-reporting.php
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.
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