Maritime Boating Accident Lawsuits

Experienced Maritime / Boating Injury Lawyers That Will Fight For You!

Boating accidents can be more complex than other types of transportation accidents because they often involve state and federal laws.  If you or a family member has been injured in a boating accident, you have the right to file a lawsuit to receive financial damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of earnings, and lost earnings capacity.

A Boating Accident can happen at any moment of the day. Boating accidents can occur on shipping vessels, ocean liners, cruise ships, pleasure boats, fishing crawlers, watercrafts, on docks, on offshore drilling rigs, waterways, sea, or any maritime related incident.

Cable Ship accidents can cause life-threatening physical injuries and trauma that can include financial damage to victims of negligent drivers. If you have been injured in a Boating Accident, knowing your legal rights can provide both financial relief and peace of mind.

There are more than 12 million boats registered in the United States.

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Boat operators have a duty of care to other recreational boaters using waterways. Failure to be careful or engaging in careless or reckless boating can cause a serious or permanent injury.

If you are a passenger, or maritime worker that is injured in a boating accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Personal injury attorneys who are experienced in handling boating accident injury claims can help you or a loved one determine your legal options in a boating accident-related injury or wrongful death.

There are about 2,400 maritime accidents each year in the U. S. each year.

The National Safe Boating Council reports there are more than 700 boating deaths each year in the U. S. Alcohol use is the leading cause of death and injury in boating-related accidents.

Deadliest Boat Accidents Include:

  • Boating Intoxicated
  • Canoes
  • Capsized Boat
  • Drowning
  • Fixed Object Collision
  • Kayaks
  • Motorboat
  • Near-Drowning
  • Open Motorboat
  • Pontoon Boat
  • Sunken Boat
  • Water Skier Mishap
  • Watercraft

Highest Number of Maritime Deaths Occurs in;

  • Bays
  • Creeks
  • Dams
  • Gravel Pits
  • Gulfs
  • Harbors
  • Inlets
  • Lakes
  • Open Water of Oceans
  • Ponds
  • Reservoirs
  • Rivers
  • Streams

We Have More Than 20 Years of Experience Helping Maritime Boating Injury Victims Get Fair and Just Compensation.

Many personal injuries occur due to negligence on the part of one of others involved. When a boating accident is caused by another party’s negligence you are entitled compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering as well as other damages.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident where you feel you may be entitled to compensation,

We offer a FREE NO COST consultation from an experienced boating accident attorney.

Complete the contact form on the right or call us at 1-888.267.1137 for a free case evaluation.

A live personal injury counselor is available to answer your questions 24 hours a day.

Time is of the essence when it comes to filing your Personal Injury lawsuit!

All of our experienced personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis and don t get paid unless you do!

Each State has a strict statute of limitations for you to file your Personal Injury lawsuit.

Boat / Maritime Accidents


Choosing an experienced Personal Injury Attorney will be very important to your lawsuit and the amount of compensation of your settlement!

Boat Accident Injuries

Back Injury
Brain Injury (TBI)
Broken Bones
Deep Cuts
Head Injury
Hip Injury
Internal Injury
Internal Organ Injury
Knee Injury
Leg Injury
Neck Injury
Spinal Cord Injury
Trauma & Ptsd

Common Causes of Boat Accidents

Boat accidents can happen on lakes, beaches, harbors, rivers, and oceans. Here are common causes of boating accidents listed in lawsuits, court documents, and settlement news articles.

Accidental Drowning Boat
Boat Hits A Wave
Boat Hits Another Boat
Boat Hits Submerged Object, Rock, or Land
Boat Is Swamped By Water
Boat Machinery Failure
Boat Propeller Defect
Boat Propeller Malfunctions
Boat Runs Aground on Reef, Rock, or Pilings
Boating Under The Influence (BUI)
Breaking Navigational Rules
Capsized Boat
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Collision with Another Vessel
Collision with Buoys
Collision with Channel Signs
Collision with Fixed Objects
Collision with Floating Objects
Collision with Immovable Objects
Collision with Jetties
Collision with Log
Collision with Other Vessels
Collision with Other Watercraft
Collision with Recreational Vessels
Collision with Rocks
Collision with Submerged Objects
Collision with Swimmer
Congested Waters
Contact With Propellers
Dam Lock Failure
Dangerous Weather
Defective Design Of Boat
Defective Parts
Defective Safety Equipment
Defective Watercraft Design
Defective Watercraft Manufacturing
Distracted Boater
Equipment Failure
Excessive Boat Speed
Failing To Carry Safety Equipment On Board
Failing To Know The “Rules Of The Road”
Failure Of Equipment
Failure To Follow Boating Rules And Regulations
Failure To Have Proper Safety Equipment On Board
Failure To Vent
Falling Overboard
Falls Overboard
Flooding And Swamping
Force Of A Wave/Wake
Grounding Boat
Hazardous Waters
Hitting Big Wake at Excessive Speed
Hitting Water Markers
Hull Failure
Ignition Of Fuel
Ignition Of Vapor
Improper Anchoring
Improper Loading
Improper Look Out
Improperly Trained Boat Operator
Inadequate Navigation Aid
Inadequate Onboard Navigation Lights
Inattention by Boat Operator
Inexperienced Boat Operator
Intoxicated Boat Operators
Lack Of Experience Boat Operator
Manufacturing Boat Defect
Mishaps Involving A Person Falling Overboard
Missing Navigation Aid
Navigating in Heavy Weather
Navigation Rules Violation
Not Having Required Safety Equipment
Operating At High Speeds
Other Boat Operators
Overcrowding The Boat
Overloading The Boat
Passenger Recklessness
Poor Maintenance
Reckless Driving Boater
Restricted Vision
Run-Over by Boat
Sharp Turns
Skier Mishaps
Speeding Boats
Towable Objects
Traveling In Dangerous Water
Trip-and-Falls Boat
Unlicensed Boaters
Weather Conditions

Boat Accident Statistics

  • 8,000 boating accidents are reported by the U. S. Coast Guard each year.
  • There are about 2,400 maritime ocean accidents each year.
  • The most common type of boat accidents is capsizing and collision with another boat.
  • There are 700 boating deaths each year in the U. S. – National Safe Boating Council
  • 3 out of 4 people killed in boating accidents die from drowning.
  • Alcohol was the leading contributing factor in 16% of all boating deaths.
  • Boating accidents result in financial costs of about $46 million in property damage each year.
  • 76 percent of boating accident deaths result from drowning.
  • 85 percent of fatal boating accident victims were not wearing a life jacket.
  • 80 percent of fatal boating accidents happen on vessels where the boat operators did not have property instruction in boating safety.
  • The highest percentage of boating accident deaths and injuries involve crashes with another watercraft.
  • There are roughly 12 million recreational water vessels registered in the United States.
  • Of the recorded 4,291 boating accidents in 2017, there were 2,629 injuries and 658 deaths.
  • 4,700 recreational boating accidents take place each year in the United States.

According to a U. S. Coast Guard report the 5 most common types of boating accidents are:

  • Collisions with other vessels
  • Collisions with fixed objects
  • Flooding
  • Grounding
  • Falls overboard

In 2017 the United States Coast Guard (USCG) counted 4,291 recreational boating accidents, causing 658 deaths, and resulting in over 2,600 injuries.

Boat Injury Settlements & Verdicts

$1 Million Settlement for a Slip & fall from factory trawler’s defective stairs resulting in permanent back injuries for the worker.

$3.5 Million Settlement for a Fisherman’s Head Injury caused by negligent lift procedures.

$400,00 Settlement Award – For Burn Injuries from a fire and explosion in the engine room of the fishing vessel.

$17 million Settlement for a duck boat tragedy that killed 17 people in Missouri.

$29.6 Million Settlement for Delaware River Pier 34 catastrophe that killed 3 young women and resulted in dozens of injuries.

$5.9 Million Settlement for a plaintiff that fell over the side of the boat 40 feet below and struck the deck.

$4.2 Million Jury Award for a wrongful death judgment for longshoreman killed by unsafe cargo container stow.

$2.35 Million Settlement for a boat deckhand with a crushed foot injury caused by a moving deck hatch on a Vessel found unseaworthy and neglected.

$2 Million Settlement for a ferry boat worker that suffered severe fractures to both legs from a defective mooring line.

$4.5 million Settlement for a Boat worker that received 2nd and 3rd degree steam burns over 60% of her body while inspecting safety checks on a vessel.

$12 Million Award for a Child that suffered severe head injuries when he was hit by a boat propeller on a dive boat.

Collect Boat Accident Evidence

Evidence collected at the scene of a boat accident to support your case can be crucial to you getting financial compensation.

Get Evidence to Support Your Case

Name And Address Of Boat Operator
Names Of Witnesses
Address Of Boat Company
Boat License Number
Insurance Information Of Boat Driver
Phone Number Of Boat Driver
Phone Number Of Boating Company
Take Photos, Videos, And Audio
Keep Records Of All Related Medical Bills
Write Down Your Recollection Of The Accident
Seek Immediate Medical Treatment For Any Injuries

Proving Your Injury Claim

Whether you have filed a lawsuit or an insurance claim against a negligent boat owner you will have to prove:

Boat Owner And Operator Owed You A Duty Of Care.
Boat Operator Was Negligent.
Boat Operator’s Negligence Was The Direct Cause Of The Accident.
Boating Accident Caused Your Injuries.

Federal Laws That Govern Boating Accidents on Seaworthy Waters

The Jones Act (1920) is a federal law that regulates maritime commerce in the U. S. and protects Americans who work at sea.

The Oil Pollution Act (1990) helps the EPA’s ability to prevent and respond to catastrophic oil spills and determining damages.

Death on the High Seas Act (1920) provides financial compensation to families of shipmen who died while being in the active line of duty.

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (1953) covers the outer Continental Shelf of the U. S. and provides guidelines for implementing oil and gas exploration and development programs.

The Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a federal law that provides compensation, medical care, and vocational rehabilitation to injured workers disabled from on-the-job injuries that occur on the navigable waters of the United States,

Determining Liability in a Boating Accident

In a boating accident personal injury lawsuit, the injured victim will name as defendants anyone who may be responsible for causing the accident.

Common examples of individuals and parties that may be held liable for boating accidents include:

Boat Operator
Boat Owner
Boat Manufacturer
An Employer
Boat Passenger
Jet Ski Operator
Anyone Else Responsible For The Accident

For a boating Injury lawsuit to be successful, personal injury lawyers have to show that your injury resulted from the negligence of another party. In the case of a personal Injury lawsuit victims and immediate family members have the right to file a personal injury claim.

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Asbestos companies that have filed for bankruptcy protection have established asbestos trust funds to pay claims. There are about 65 active Asbestos Trust Funds totaling more than 30 billion.

Since the mid-1980s more than 100 Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Funds have been established in the U.S. At least a dozen trust funds have equities exceeding $1 billion.

More than 30 billion dollars is currently available for distribution to qualified applicants. Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Funds have set criteria of values they pay to qualified claimants.

Asbestos Trust Funds have paid out $18 billion for more than 3 million claims!

Maritime Boating Accident Injury Damages

When boat manufacturing companies are negligent with improper equipment maintenance, structural maintenance, design flaws, and defective parts they can be held liable for injuries caused to innocent people that suffer serious injuries or death.

Victims in injury-related claims are entitled to damages including:

Disfigurement Damages (past and future)
Economic Damages (past and future)
End of Life Cost Damages
Exemplary Damages
Funeral Expense Damages
Future Economic Damages
General Damages
Gross Negligence Damages
Loss of Companionship Damages
Loss of Consortium Damages
Loss of Earning Capacity Damages
Loss of Life Damages
Loss of Wages Damages (past and future)
Medical Expense Damages
Mental Anguish Damages
Monetary Compensation Damages
Nominal Damages
Non-Economic Damages
Pain and Suffering Damages
Pecuniary and Non Pecuniary Damages
Physical Impairment Damages (past and future)
Treble Damages
Workers Compensation Damages
Wrongful Death Claims

Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you or a family member has been injured in a maritime boating accident, we can help you start an injury lawsuit against responsible parties to help with medical bills and financial compensation.

Our experienced nationwide boat accident injury lawyers will help you get just and fair compensation for your injuries.

Call our Injury Toll Free Helpline at 888.267.1137 and get help today!

We can usually tell within a few minutes whether we can help you, and if we cannot, maybe direct you to someone who can.

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