Texas Boating Accident Lawyers

The Pursley Law Firm has an experienced boat accident attorney to handle your case in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Lake Charles, Galveston or anywhere in Texas. A boat injury attorney must have extensive knowledge and experience in working with these types of claims in TX.

With approximately 621,000 boats registered in the state of Texas, it’s amazing there aren’t more boating accidents. Texas has the 5th largest number of boats and has the most square miles of inland water of all the states in the U.S. While the numbers of boating accidents, injuries and fatalities have decreased in the last decade, the number of BWI (Boating While Intoxicated) arrests made has increased. Alcohol is usually involved in about 50% of the approximately 200 boating accidents lawyers handle each year in Texas. The Texas State Parks and Wildlife division has the responsibility of enforcing safety rules on the inland waterways.

Boating accidents can involve both commercial and private boats and other recreational watercraft. Whether the injured person is the owner or operator of the boat, an invited passenger, at fault or not at fault, it is important to make sure there is an official report of the accident. Normally it is the responsibility of the boat operator to file the report, but if you are the boat owner or the injured party, it is in your best interests to make sure the report gets filed with the appropriate government agency, either Texas Parks and Wildlife or the U.S. Coast Guard if you are in the coastal waters. Boat safety guidelines are given for a reason; nearly 85% of boating accident fatalities were not wearing a life jacket. Not wearing a life jacket increases the chances of death five times in the event of an accident. Careless operators are the number one cause of boating accidents; a good portion of these are carelessness due to alcohol consumption types of accidents.

It is important for you to contact a competent attorney who can help you examine the events of the accident (and prior to it occurring) to determine whether there are other liable parties that you have a right to compensation of injuries from. There are statute of limitations for filing a liability claim in boating accident cases, so do not hesitate in seeking legal advice.

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