Each summer, as weather conditions become more favourable, Dartmouth residents take to the waters to enjoy a beloved pastime. Recreational boating allows local community members to escape the city and take in the beautiful maritime scenery.

Unfortunately, while many boating enthusiasts can enjoy a leisurely outing without incident, accidents can occur on the water that end in serious injuries, and even fatalities. The force of a collision with either stationary objects or other boats can cause unsuspecting boat operators or passengers to be thrown against the deck or overboard. During a high-speed, high-impact boating accident, injuries that could be sustained include: 

  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Sprains, strains and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Anoxic brain injuries due to lack of oxygen
  • 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
  • And more

Oftentimes, these injuries are sustained in boating accidents resulting from the negligence of another boat’s operator. The majority of collisions on the water occur when someone operates their boat under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. However, other negligent actions or inactions could lead to an injury-causing accident. Some other common causes of boating accidents include: 

  • Lack of experience
  • Reckless behaviour
  • Speeding 
  • Distracted boating 
  • Failure to adhere to right-of-way rules
  • And more

People who operate boats have a legal obligation to reasonably ensure the safety of people occupying the waters around them, including other boat operators and their passengers. Failing to fulfill this reasonable duty of care through negligent actions or inactions while driving their boat lead to wrongful deaths and catastrophic injuries. 

If you sustained serious injuries as the result of a boating accident caused by another boat operator’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for damages you incurred as a result of your injuries. To learn more, book a free, initial consultation with our Dartmouth boating accident lawyers

Determining liability for boat collisions on the water can be difficult. Our boating accident lawyers serving Dartmouth have a history of handling civil claims arising from injuries sustained in collisions and fighting on behalf of injured accident victims. Due to the often complicated nature of boating accident claims, if you have been injured in a collision, it might be beneficial to speak with our Dartmouth boating accident lawyers as soon as you are able.

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

You may be unsure whether the circumstances of your boating accident entitle you to file a civil claim against the at-fault party. During a no-obligation, cost-free, initial meeting with our Dartmouth boating accident lawyers, you will be able to discuss the circumstances of your accident and learn whether you may be eligible to recover financial compensation from the negligent boat operator who caused your accident. 

Preszler Injury Lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis. That means, if you are eligible to file a lawsuit, our boating accident lawyers serving Dartmouth will not require payment unless we win your case. There are no upfront, out-of-pocket fees required, and no surprise fees throughout the course of the claims process. 

To learn more about whether you may be entitled to financial compensation, contact our boating accident lawyers serving Dartmouth today.

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