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Who is to blame if you suffered injuries on a boat?

Many in Texas enjoy boating as a recreational activity. There are lakes and rivers where boaters can enjoy a variety of activities, but these things can sometimes be risky. Accidents can happen, and innocent people can suffer injuries because of the actions of another person. In boating accidents, it can be difficult to determine who is to blame.

The aftermath of a boat accident can be a lot like the aftermath of a car accident. You may be dealing with injuries and hospital bills, and you may have to stay home from work in order to recover. It can be expensive and difficult, but if your accident was not your fault, you do not have to walk through this time alone. You could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim.

Recreational boating accident claims

Recreational boating accidents can involve many different types of watercraft. It's estimated that crashes and other types of accidents involving boats result in millions of dollars in damages and thousands of injuries each year. Some examples of recreational watercraft include the following:

  • Sailboats
  • Yachts
  • Kayaks or paddleboards
  • Airboats
  • Pontoons
  • Personal watercraft
  • Cabin cruisers
  • Tenders 

One of the most complex aspects of a boating accident claim is determining who is to blame for it. If you were not operating the boat at the time of the crash, the driver may be liable. If another boater caused the accident, he or she may be liable, as could be the owner of the boat or the rental company operator.

It's not always easy to determine what happened, and you may be unsure of what to do next. It is in your interests to take quick action to seek an evaluation of your case and explanation of the legal options available to you. A closer look at your case could reveal how to move forward with a civil claim. 

Experienced help matters

Either state or federal laws will apply in your boating accident case. This distinction will impact where you will file a civil claim. A knowledgeable attorney experienced in watercraft accident claims can evaluate your case and determine the best way to proceed. 

You do not have to walk through the aftermath of your accident alone. If you are suffering from injuries you received in a boating accident, you could have a valid claim to financial compensation through a personal injury action.

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