A boat operator’s wrongful conduct on the water can have serious consequences. When high-speed motorized boats collide with other vessels or stationary objects, lives can be lost and severe injuries can occur. 

Throughout the country, anyone who operates a boat with more than 10 horsepower is required to obtain a license and abide by national safety rules. If the person operating a vessel fails to comply with the nationally recognized safety regulations governing the use of motorized pleasure craft, their negligence could have fatal repercussions for their own passengers and for the occupants of other boats. Accidents resulting from a boat operator’s negligence could also cause unsuspecting passengers to sustain injuries with long-lasting, profoundly impactful symptoms and effects. 

When the negligence of a boat operator leads to a traumatic accident in which a passenger sustains serious injuries, the at-fault party may be responsible for financially compensating the injured accident victim. Common examples of negligence that often lead to accidents in which people are seriously wounded include:

  • Operating the boat under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Distracted boat driving
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Excessive speeding
  • Operating the boat without proper credentials
  • Failing to comply with right-of-way rules
  • And more

Collisions on the water can cause boat passengers to be jettisoned overboard. If they become trapped underwater for more than a few minutes, accident victims could lose their lives by drowning. Even if they manage to survive, the prolonged lack of oxygen to the brain could result in permanent anoxic brain injuries.

Anoxic brain injuries can have far-reaching, lifelong implications for boating accident survivors. The adverse effects of these injuries can be physical, cognitive, and behavioural. As a result of their injury’s symptoms and side-effects, accident victims who have sustained an anoxic brain injury could struggle to keep their jobs, maintain social and romantic relationships, and continue living independently. Symptoms of severe anoxic brain injuries can include:

  • Anomia: linguistic difficulties, including inability to find the right word, confusing similar sounding words, failure to understand common words, etc.
  • Ataxia: lack of coordination 
  • Apraxia: inability to perform familiar physical tasks (i.e. brushing teeth, using utensils, etc.)
  • Quadriparesis: weakness of arms and legs
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty processing visual information
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty reasoning, making decisions, synthesizing information
  • And more

If you were involved in a boating accident and sustained injuries as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. Our boating accident lawyers serving Shelburne know just how costly sustaining unsuspected injuries can be, and fight passionately on behalf of the injured clients we represent to help them recover the maximum amount of damages to which they may be entitled. 

If you are eligible to work with our Shelburne boating accident lawyers, you may be able to pursue a civil claim against the at-fault party whose negligence at the helm of their vessel caused you to be injured in an accident. By doing so, our boating accident lawyers serving Shelburne may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. 

To review the details of your accident with our Shelburne boating accident lawyers, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today and receive a free initial consultation on your case.

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