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It’s Officially Summer! Be Aware of Boating Accidents

June 21, 2021

Summer is officially in full swing and lots of people are going back out on the lake. What should you know about boating accidents?

We’re all eager to get back out on the water and enjoy the summer. If you’re going out boating with friends, make sure you stay aware about boating safety. There are over 4000 boating accidents a year in the United States, ranging from minor damage to serious injuries or death.

Some of the most common factors in boating accidents include alcohol consumption or the skill and experience (or lack thereof) of the captain. Make sure your captain is staying sober while operating the boat. People’s skills might be a little rusty after quarantine, so stay alert and make sure you’ve brushed up on your skills before you go out on the water if it’s been awhile.

What should you do if you’ve been in a boating accident?
There are additional laws that govern accidents that happen on the water instead of land. Boating accident litigation is subject to laws pertaining to bodies of water like the Jones Act. Every maritime case needs to be evaluated and assessed in order to determine which maritime status is applicable to the case, which will determine a plaintiff’s rights and remedies. Hiring a lawyer that is experienced in maritime law is crucial to a litigant’s success. Deratany & Kosner has extensive experience getting justice for victims of boating accidents. If you’ve been in a boating accident, contact us today.

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