Recreational boating is a beloved maritime tradition. Especially during the warmer summer months, many Halifax residents take to the water to enjoy a scenic, leisurely escape from the everyday.
However, boating can be extremely dangerous. Collisions with other boats or with stationary objects can have fatal consequences. They can also cause boaters and their passengers to sustain serious injuries.
In boating accidents, people can be thrown violently against the deck. Depending on the force of impact, these accidents could lead boat operators and their passengers to sustain a number of injuries ranging from mild to severe. Collisions on the water could also cause boaters to be thrown overboard. If accident victims survive becoming trapped underwater, they may develop anoxic brain injuries due to the lack of oxygen. These injuries can have permanent effects and lead to a diminished quality of life.
Other injuries that can be sustained in boating accidents include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken and fractured bones
- Whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Facial and dental injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Traumatic amputations
- Spinal cord injuries
- And more
In many injury-causing boating accidents, the negligent behaviour of another boat’s operator often factors into the conditions leading to the incident. Just like the operators of cars, trucks, and other land-bound vehicles, people who operate boats are required to reasonably provide a duty of care to other crafts in the water and their passengers. A failure to do so could lead to the loss of life, and severe, permanent injuries.
Common causes of boating accidents include:
- Operating the boat under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Lack of experience
- Reckless behaviour
- Distracted boating
- Failure to adhere to right-of-way rules
- And more
If the negligence of another boat operator caused you or people traveling in your boat to sustain injuries, our Halifax boating accident lawyers may be able to help you recover damages you incurred as a result of your injuries.
Boating accident claims can be complicated. Often, in the aftermath of an accident on the water, it can be difficult to determine liability. If you have been involved in an injury-causing collision, our boating accident lawyers in Halifax may be able to provide you with useful assistance, and inform you of legal options for financial recovery that may be available to you.
If you are unsure whether you may be eligible to file a civil claim against the negligent boat operator that caused your accident on the water, consider booking a free, initial consultation with our boating accident lawyers serving Halifax.
Free Consultation for Halifax Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win
During this no-obligation, cost-free, initial meeting with our Halifax boating accident lawyers, injured Halifax residents will be able to discuss the circumstances of their accidents and learn whether they may be entitled to financial compensation.
The best part is: at Preszler Injury Lawyers, our clients do not pay unless we win. Our boating accident lawyers serving Halifax work on a contingency-fee basis. That means, if you are eligible to file a civil claim against the at-fault boat operator, you will not be charged any initial, upfront fees, and there will be no hidden charges along the way.
To learn more about whether you may be eligible to pursue a claim, contact our boating accident lawyers with experience in Halifax today.