The summer is the perfect time for boating; many thousands of people enjoy Missouri waterways every year. Naturally, any time that many people are out, there is a risk of boating accidents or injuries. Despite our state sitting in the center of the continental United States, Missouri ranks high in boating accidents. Nationally, there are thousands of boating accidents every year, over 4,100 in 2015 according to the US Coast Guard, with over 600 fatalities. The annual property damage sustained from boating accidents is estimated at $42,000,000. Boating has risks, but KC Road Lawyers has the expertise and experience needed to deal with boating accident litigation.
Boating Accidents and Injuries
Boating accidents and injuries can be caused by a wide range of factors that include weather conditions and improper adherence to boating laws. Weather is another important factor to consider; any sign of a storm can spell trouble. Every year, someone will get recklessly overconfident, thinking they can weather any conditions; they often discover that they were wrong, when their behavior results in an accident or injury. Just as there are for automobiles, there are guidelines for operating watercraft, including proper signals and speed limitations. Failure to follow the rules may result in accidents that lead to personal injury or property damage. Even without a collision, improper operation can cause a boat to capsize or injure the occupants if they fall due to turbulence. If you have been injured or suffered property damage due to a boating accident, you may be eligible for compensation.
Other Injuries on the Water
People not on boats still run the risk of accident or injury when on a body of water. When swimming, inner-tubing, and water-skiing, accidents can and do happen. Other watercraft and faulty equipment can put you at risk for personal injury. Poor manufacturing, improper safety guidelines, and product defects can affect your health and finances. Whether you suffer strains, broken bones, abrasions, contusions, drowning, other injuries, or financial damage, you may need legal assistance.
Compensation for Boating Accidents
Boating accidents and injuries sustained while swimming or interacting with watercraft can result in a wide range of damages for which you may be able to receive compensation. Compensation may be available for more than the immediate financial damages that have resulted from your boating accident; you may also be able to receive compensation for the emotional trauma caused by your accident or for long-term expenses, such as loss of future earnings that result from your injury. Compensation may be available for emotional suffering, physical pain, loss of earnings, medical care, and loss of future earnings among other things.
Call Day or Night for a Free Emergency Consultation with a KC Road Lawyers Boating Accident Attorney
KC Road Lawyers offers free consultations for boating accidents and other forms of personal injury. Contact us by calling 816-425-2420 or by navigating to our contact page to speak with a boating accident attorney. Find out how KC Road Lawyers can help you with your boating accident case; get the compensation that you need to ease your emotional suffering, cover the immediate costs stemming from your boating accident, and to cover any long-term repercussions, such as loss of future earnings, that may result from your accident.