Boating is a popular activity for many people in our area. However, boating accidents are a reality in Indiana as they are throughout the United States. The U.S. Coast Guard tracks boating accidents in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. According to its 2017 report, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,291 accidents that resulted in 2,629 injuries and 658 deaths. Compared with 2016, the number of accidents, deaths, and injuries decreased nationwide. However, this was not the case with Indiana boating accidents.
The total number of boating accidents in Indiana increased from 40 accidents in 2016 to 57 accidents in 2017. The number of deaths also increased in 2017 as a result of fatal boating accidents in Indiana.
Boating accidents cause traumatic injuries and deaths each year. Many of these accidents are avoidable. At Poynter & Bucheri, LLC our Indianapolis boating accident attorneys have extensive experience handling these complex personal injury cases. We help clients recover compensation for injuries and losses caused by a boating accident.
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What Types of Boating Accidents Are Handled by Our PBAR Legal Team?
We represent clients in boating accident cases involving:
Negligence by the Operator
Negligence by the owner, operator, or driver can have traumatic and horrific consequences for passengers and others on the water. From driving the boat at an excessive speed to failing to have the proper safety equipment on the boat can result in a serious injury or death.
Other examples of negligence that could result in a boating accident include:
- Operating the boat at a high speed
- Failing to maintain the boat or make necessary boat repairs
- Overloading or overcrowding the vessel
- Collisions with fixed objects or other watercraft
- Contact with propellers
- Hitting the wake or big wave at excessive speeds
- Operating the boat without proper instruction or experience
When an owner or operator is negligent, that person can be held liable for damages and losses caused by a boat accident. However, proving negligence may be difficult. Our Indianapolis boating accident attorneys can help you identify the cause of the accident and obtain the evidence needed to prove negligence and liability.
Careless and Reckless Operation of a Boat
A boat owner and operator have a duty of care to operate the boat in a reasonable manner to avoid accidents and injuries to passengers and others. When someone fails to operate the vessel in a reasonable and prudent manner to avoid injury, that person may be held liable for injuries. Furthermore, if the person willfully disregarded the safety of other individuals or property, there could be other consequences for that person.
Filing an Indianapolis boating accident claim for reckless and careless operation can be difficult to prove. Contact Poynter & Bucheri, LLC to discuss how we can help you hold someone responsible for the damage they caused because of their reckless and careless behavior on the water.
Boating Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
While it may not be illegal to consume alcoholic beverages on a boat, it is illegal to operate a vessel while intoxicated or impaired by drugs. An operator can face serious criminal penalties if convicted of a boating DUI. That person can also be held liable for damages caused by a DUI boating accident. Our PBAR legal team aggressively pursues DUI boating accident claims to hold the person who caused the accident liable for the damages he or she caused because of alcohol or drug use while boating.
Jet Ski Accident Claims and Other Watercraft Accident Claims
In addition to boating accident claims, Poynter & Bucheri, LLC represents clients who have been injured in jet ski accidents and other watercraft-related accidents. Jet ski accidents can cause traumatic injuries because of the lack of protection the rider has from the impact of the collision. Severe back injuries, complex fractures, and traumatic brain injuries are common injuries in jet ski accidents.
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What Can I Do to Recover Damages for a Boating Accident Injury?
If you have been injured in an Indiana boating accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages. However, the responsible party and the insurance provider may dispute liability and fault. Unless you can prove the party is responsible for causing the boating accident, you cannot hold the party liable for your damages.
Our Indianapolis boating accident attorneys have extensive knowledge of Indiana’s personal injury laws and statutes that relate to boating accident injuries. We use this information, combined with the facts and evidence we uncover as we investigate the boating accident to hold the responsible party liable for your damages.
For injuries in a boating accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for damages including:
- Medical expenses and costs, including medications, surgeries, physical therapy, hospital stays, physicians, and medical equipment
- Loss of income and wages
- Physical pain and discomfort
- Mental anguish and emotional suffering
- Permanent disabilities, scarring, and disfigurement
- Future damages for loss of earning capacity, loss of wages, and costs of ongoing medical care
To learn about the steps you need to take to protect your legal right to recover money for your boating accident claim, call 1-800-265-9881 or (317) 780-8000 now to speak with a PBAR representative.
Our Indianapolis Boating Accident Lawyers Help Personal Injury Victims Like You!
Call 1-800-265-9881 or (317) 780-8000 to request your free consultation with an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer. Boating accident claims are complex and require a different approach from other vehicle accidents.
Poynter & Bucheri, LLC offers no-cost, no-obligation legal consultations for accident victims and their families so that they can learn about their legal rights and their options for filing an Indiana boating accident claim.