The waterways and lakes near Sydney offer some of the most breathtaking views in the country. Especially during the summer months, exploring the waters near Sydney can be a breathtaking experience. Whether simply appreciating the maritime scenery or enjoying a fishing expedition, local community members routinely find a form of escape aboard a boat.
That said, boating in the waters near Sydney can be dangerous. Responsible boat operators know that crucial safety measures must be taken before even stepping aboard their vessels, and that a great deal of caution and attentiveness must be employed at all times while their boat is in motion.
However, even the safest, most prepared boat operator is vulnerable to the wrongful conduct of other boaters. When boats collide on the water, occupants of either vessel can face disastrous consequences. Boating accidents can be fatal. They can also lead to severe, permanent injuries.
Boating accidents near Sydney are often the result of another boat operator’s negligence. When boat operators fail to take the safety of other boat operators or occupants into consideration when performing a number of actions (or inactions), they may be considered negligent. The most common occurrence of boater negligence involves operating the vessel under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Other examples of boater negligence include operating the boat distractedly, recklessly, without proper certification, or otherwise failing to uphold the duty of care owed to other people.
If the negligence of a boat operator causes a collision with another boat or a stationary object, occupants can be thrown overboard. Depending on the force of impact and other determining factors, these traumatic accidents can cause boat occupants to lose their lives by drowning. If the impact or shock causes an accident victim to temporarily lose consciousness underwater, the prolonged lack of oxygen may cause them to sustain anoxic brain injuries.
Similar to the effects of severe traumatic brain injuries, anoxic brain injuries can substantially impact a boating accident victim’s ability to perform their jobs, maintain social relationships, and function independently. In these cases, the negligence of another boat operator can cause an accident victim to endure physical and cognitive impairments, sensory losses, extreme behavioural changes, and other prolonged– or permanent– manifestations of brain damage.
When boats collide at high speeds on the water, in addition to being ejected from the vessel, the force of impact can cause boat occupants to be thrown to the deck. When this happens, boat operators and passengers can sustain a number of injuries, including:
- 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
- And more
If you were injured because of another boat operator’s negligence our boating accident lawyers serving Sydney may be able to help you recover financial compensation for damages you incurred as a result of your injuries.
To discuss your case with our Sydney boat accident lawyers and learn if you may be eligible to pursue legal action against the negligent party whose wrongful conduct led to your injuries, schedule a free initial consultation with our boat accident lawyers serving Sydney today.
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Our Sydney boating accident lawyers offer a free initial consultation to injured members of the local community. During a no-obligation first meeting with our boating accident lawyers serving Sydney, you will have the opportunity to discuss your accident and learn about options for financial recovery that may be available to you based on the circumstances of your case, all at no charge.
Schedule your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers today, and learn how our Sydney boating accident lawyers may be able to help.