In the waters near Riverview, downstream from the causeway, nature enthusiasts can embark on boating expeditions to view local wildlife and enjoy the remarkable scenery of the Petitcodiac River. Particularly when the warmer summer weather arrives, locals, visitors, and tourists explore the rivers and waterways near Riverview on recreational boating trips.
Unfortunately, operating a boat near Riverview can be dangerous. Anyone with experience boating knows that proper safety measures must be taken even before leaving dry land in order to both reduce the risk of accidents causing injuries and make provisions for the worst case scenario.
That said, regardless of how prepared a person may be before setting out on a recreational boating expedition, anyone operating a vessel is at risk of being injured by a negligent boat operator.
Anyone who operates a boat is legally required to do so with a reasonable degree of caution. That means that boat operators must carry a valid Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and comply with national safety regulations as mandated by the Canada Shipping Act. Violations of these laws are criminal offenses. Any number of marine law violations could cause a boating accident in which unsuspecting boat operators or passengers may be seriously injured. By failing to comply with marine laws, a boat operator effectively fails to uphold the duty of care they owe the occupants of other boats. If a boat operator shirks this duty of care and an injurious accident occurs as a result, the at-fault boater may be considered negligent.
Common examples of wrongful conduct or behaviours on the water that commonly lead to boating accidents in the Riverview area include:
- Impaired driving on the water
- Distracted operation of the vessel
- Lack of credentials
- Failing to comply with right-of-way rules
- And more
Boating accidents can be fatal. When a high-speed motorized vehicle collides with another vessel or a stationary object, passengers aboard either boat could be thrown to the deck where they may sustain fatal injuries. The impact of a boating accident could also throw passengers overboard, where they may lose their lives by drowning.
Additionally, the negligence of another boat operator could cause other recreational boat enthusiasts to sustain serious, potentially life-changing injuries. These injuries may include:
- 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
- Anoxic brain injuries
- And more
Depending on the severity of the injuries they have sustained, the survivors of traumatic boating accidents may endure physical challenges, psychological trauma, and financial distress. That is why, if you were injured in a collision caused by another boat operator’s negligence, our boating accident lawyers serving Riverview may be able to help you recover financial compensation for damages you have incurred because of your injuries.
To learn options for financial recovery that may be available to you after sustaining injuries on the water, call our Riverview boating accident lawyers for a free initial consultation on your case.
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After sustaining injuries in a boating accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn for accountability and financial compensation for damages you have acquired on account of your injuries. To discuss your situation and receive the benefit of legal advice tailored to your unique circumstances, call our boating accident lawyers serving Riverview and receive a free initial consultation.
To learn if you may be entitled to pursue a civil claim against the at-fault boat operator whose negligence caused you to sustain injuries, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers to schedule your free first meeting with our Riverview boating accident lawyers.