Fighting for You after a Boating Injury
You can have a lot of fun on Kentucky’s many beautiful waterways. But if you’re hurt in an accident on a boat, the situation immediately turns serious.
More than 170,000 recreational water vessels are registered in Kentucky.
Unfortunately, not all are operated responsibly.
In a single year in Kentucky, the United States Coast Guard reported 41 boating accidents with 20 people killed and 38 injured.
You see disturbing headlines in the news, like these:
- Kentucky boating deaths on pace for five-year high
- Bodies of Kentucky residents found after boating accident in Georgia
- Pontoon boat in Kentucky capsizes, 2 dead, three missing
If you or a loved one were injured in a boating or personal watercraft accident – or if a loved one was killed – you may be able to recover damages.
To do so, you need lawyers experienced with boating accident personal injury cases in Kentucky, like those at the law firm of Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer.
We can help get the money you deserve. If you were injured in a boating accident, call us today!
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
Coast Guard statistics on the most common causes of boating accidents include:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Improper lookout
- Excessive speed
- Alcohol use
- Navigation rules violation
- Force of waves or wakes
You Need to Prove Negligence
When a boating collision causes injuries or fatalities, several groups may be liable for damages:
- The person driving the boat
- The owner of the boat
- A company that rented the boat
But it’s not enough just to show you were hurt.
You’ll need to prove negligence. That could include reckless operation, failure to maintain a boat properly or failure to have or use proper safety equipment.
If you were injured in a boating accident, the lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer will conduct a consultation on your case for free.
What Is Negligence?
The definition of negligence is the “failure to exercise the degree of care expected…in protecting others from a foreseeable and unreasonable risk of harm.”
So for your case to be successful, you need lawyers who can prove that the person who caused harm failed to act with reasonable care. And as a result of their negligence, you suffered.
Will Their Insurance Pay?
Unfortunately, not all boat owners and operators have boaters’ insurance, so if they have no assets they may not be able to pay damages.
Some homeowners’ insurance policies might cover this situation, but not all.
It’s important to have lawyers experienced in these types of cases working for you, to sort through the options and make sure you have the best chance of getting the money you need and deserve.
Get the Settlement You Deserve
If you’ve been the victim of a boating accident and negligence was involved, you may be entitled to recover several costs:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering.
The lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer have been fighting for ordinary, hardworking Kentuckians for more than 35 years.
Let us help you win the settlement you deserve. Contact us today.