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What are your rights if injured in a boat accident?

Like other types of motor vehicle accidents, boat accidents can leave victims with serious injuries, costly medical bills and other consequences that can impact various areas of life. Accidents and collisions involving any type of watercraft can be complex, and victims may find it difficult to determine exactly what happened. In some cases, it may be appropriate to move forward with a personal injury claim. 

If you are the victim of an accident involving a boat, you will find it beneficial to move forward with seeking experienced guidance as soon as possible. With the help of a legal advocate, you can understand your options. You do not have to suffer from the negligent and reckless actions of another person, but instead have the right to fight for appropriate compensation.

When do boat accident victims have grounds for legal recourse?

Not every boat accident on Texas waters will be grounds for a personal injury claim. If you suffered injuries in an accident while you were on a recreational boat, it is possible there are parties financially liable for the damage you suffered. Recreational boats include:

  • Personal watercraft, such as jet skis
  • Cruise ships
  • Pontoon boats
  • Sailboats
  • Airboats
  • Tour boats
  • Paddleboards, canoes and kayaks 

Accidents in personal and recreational watercraft can happen for many reasons. You may have valid grounds for a claim if you suffered due to a lack of instruction, dangerous boat condition, lack of safety equipment and more. The boat operator, the tour company, the owner of the boat and many others could be liable for your pain and suffering.

A civil claim against the appropriate party or parties may allow you to recoup your losses and address the expenses you encountered as a result of your accident. This includes medical bills, time missed from work and more. You may also seek compensation related to your non-economic damages. 

You do not have to wait to learn about your options

You do not have to delay in getting the help you deserve with a civil claim after a boat accident. Whether you are sure you have grounds for a claim or not, you do have the right to seek an evaluation of your case and explanation of your legal options. You can get both of these things through a consultation as soon as possible after your accident. A careful look at your situation can identify liable parties and the most beneficial course of action for your unique case.

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