Whether setting out on a fishing expedition, a recreational adventure, or a leisurely ride to enjoy the maritime scenery, most residents of Glace Bay appreciate the safety precautions that must be taken even before boarding their boats. A safe boating experience begins on dry land, when responsible boat operators make essential preparations for potentially risky situations. By taking appropriate safety measures before leaving the dock, responsible boat drivers endeavour to keep themselves and their boat’s other occupants safe from injuries on the water.

Unfortunately, even the most prepared, safety-oriented boat operator can be injured in accidents caused by irresponsible, negligent boaters. Their wrongful conduct and unlawful actions could lead to collisions with other, unsuspecting boat operators, which may culminate in serious injuries or deaths. 

Boat operators have a legal obligation to take reasonable safety precautions while driving their crafts. It is incumbent upon boat drivers to operate their vessels with a reasonable amount of caution in order to reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities on the water. If a boat operator fails to uphold the duty of care they are legally required to provide other boat drivers and an injurious accident takes place because of their wrongful conduct, the at-fault boater may be considered negligent. 

Therefore, in boating accident claims, negligence could include a number of different actions, inactions, errors, omissions, or illegal behaviours. In the waters near Glace Bay, examples of boater negligence commonly 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

Accidents that cause boats to capsize can lead to deaths by drowning, as can high-speed collisions with enough force to knock a boat’s occupants overboard. Fatalities can also be sustained if the force of impact violently throws boat passengers into the deck. Boating accidents can also cause severe injuries, whose effects may be long-lasting or permanent. These injuries often include:

  • 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

As the result of an irresponsible boat operator’s negligence, injured boating accident survivors could suffer far more than physical ramification. Injured accident victims often acquire additional disabling conditions in the form of mental health issues throughout their long, isolating periods of recovery. If an accident victim’s injuries prevent them from continuing to perform their jobs, the negligence of a reckless boat operator may lead to their financial devastation.

However, if you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent boat operator, our boating accident lawyers serving Glace Bay may be able to help you recover financial compensation by filing a civil claim against the at-fault party. By working with our Glace Bay boating accident lawyers, you may be able to recover damages you have incurred because of your accident. 

To learn if you may be entitled to financial compensation, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today and book a free initial consultation with our boating accident lawyers serving Glace Bay.

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During a free, no-obligation initial meeting with our Glace Bay boating accident lawyers, 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 boating accident lawyers serving Glace Bay.

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