FAQs: Texas Boating Accident Lawyers

Q: What are the main causes of boating accidents?

A: The main causes of boating accidents are collisions with other boats or other types of watercrafts. Increasingly, driving while intoxicated is much more common and therefore an increasingly common cause of boating accidents. Serious personal injury and death in boating accidents can occur in multi boat collisions or when the boat capsizes and people fall overboard or get trapped underneath the boat. The number of boating accidents has increased in recent years as boats have gotten faster, there are more boats on the water, and more people boating while intoxicated.

Q: What injuries are typically caused by boating accidents?

A: Spinal cord injuries and paralysis, brain injury, herniated and ruptured discs, bone fractures, knee injuries, and death from drowning are the most typical accidents seen in boat accident reports.

Q: What damages can be recovered from a boating accident?

A: Boating accident victims may recover for similar compensatory damages as any other personal injury or auto accident victim. These include medical expenses, lost wages and loss of earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering if the accident was due to the negligence of another person or boater. Each boat owner and operator has the duty to exercise the highest degree of caution and care during operation of the watercraft in order to avoid any injuries.

Q: Do I need to tell the police if I am involved in a boating accident?

A: If you are a passenger in a boating accident and have some sort of injury, it is wise to make sure the boat operator made an accident report with the Texas Parks and Wildlife. By law, it is the boat operator’s responsibility to report an accident to Texas Parks and Wildlife if the accident meets certain conditions that include: the accident caused a death, results in injuries to any person that requires medical treatment more than first aid, or damage caused to the vessel(s) or property that excedes $500.00. Even though it is the boat operator’s responsibility to report the accident, if you are injured, you should follow-up to make sure an accident report was made so you have documentation for your case.

Q: Should I check out the lake I want to visit to see if it has any particular water safety regulations?

A: You need to contact the local governing entity for the body of water you will be visiting. Local governing bodies of the cities are allowed to pass rules for restricted areas or restricted use of boats or water equipment it decides is necessary for public safety. It is your responsibility to know if there are specific rules for the lake you are operating a boat on. The rules in the Texas Water Safety Act apply to all public water in Texas.

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