In Cape Breton, boating is much more than a recreational pastime. It is a way of life. Whether setting out on a fishing expedition or simply enjoying a scenic ride along the coast, exploring the waters around the island can be an extraordinary experience. Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous one. 

No matter their level of experience or the degree of caution with which they operate their craft, boat operators in Cape Breton can sustain serious physical injuries as the result of a boating accident. Frequently, accidents on the water that lead to injuries or wrongful deaths are caused by the negligence of another boat operator. 

In this province, anyone who operates a boat is legally required to provide a duty of care to others. Therefore, boat operators must always take reasonable precautions to ensure other people’s safety and comply with local laws and boating rules in order to reduce the risk of causing another person physical harm.

Negligence occurs when boat operators fail to uphold their duty of care through a number of actions or inactions. The most common examples of boater negligence that could lead to serious accidents include:

  • Operating the boat under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Distracted boating
  • Inexperience/ operating the boat without proper certification
  • Speeding
  • Failing to adhere to right-of-way rules
  • And more

If the negligence of a boat operator causes a collision with another boat or a stationary object, occupants can be thrown to the deck or thrown overboard. Depending on the force of impact and other determining factors, these traumatic accidents can cause boat occupants to lose their lives by drowning. They can also sustain a host of injuries as the result of a boater’s negligence, including: 

  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Sprains, strains and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Facial and dental injuries
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Anoxic brain injuries
  • And more

Injured boating accident victims often experience physical trauma, psychological distress, and financial losses as a result of their injuries. However, if their injuries were sustained in an accident caused by another boat operator’s negligence, the at-fault party whose wrongful conduct led to their collision may be responsible for providing them with financial compensation for damages arising from their injuries. 

If you were involved in a boating accident caused by another party’s negligence and sustained injuries as a result, our boating accident lawyers serving Cape Breton may be able to help in your pursuit of accountability and restitution. By working with our Cape Breton boating accident lawyers, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your financial losses arising from the accident. To learn if you may be eligible to file a civil claim against the at-fault party whose negligence led you to sustain injuries in a boating accident, book a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers. 

Free Consultation for Cape Breton Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win

During a free, no-obligation initial meeting with our boating accident lawyers serving Cape Breton, you will have the opportunity to discuss the circumstances of your accident, ask important questions, and learn about options for financial recovery that may be available to you.

To discuss your situation with Preszler Injury Lawyers, schedule a free first meeting with our Cape Breton boating accident lawyers today.


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