Boating accidents can be fatal. When reckless, distracted, inebriated, inexperienced, or otherwise negligent boat drivers engage in wrongful behaviour on the water, they put the lives of others at risk. In the waters near Sydney Mines, accidents caused by the negligence of other boat operators can have permanent, life-altering consequences.
Victims of boating accidents who are tossed overboard can lose their lives by drowning. Even if they manage to survive being trapped underwater for a prolonged period of time, boating accident victims can sustain permanent brain damage in the form of anoxic brain injuries. Simply because another boat driver behaved in a negligent fashion, the course of an accident victim’s entire life could be profoundly altered.
Anoxic brain injuries have the potential to severely impact boating accident victims physically, cognitively, behaviourally, and psychologically. As a result, injured boating accident victims who have sustained anoxic brain injuries may struggle maintaining their jobs, their social relationships, and their independence. 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
- Difficulty processing visual information
- Difficulty reasoning, making decisions, synthesizing information
- And more
Anyone who operates a motorized watercraft with more than 10 horsepower is required to obtain a license and adhere to the national marine laws governing the operation of pleasure crafts. Therefore, all boat operators have a legal responsibility to take the safety of others into consideration while driving their vessels. Unfortunately, boat operators near Sydney Mines often neglect to fulfill their duty of care. When boat drivers neglect their duties of care by violating any number of marine laws and an injurious accident occurs as a result, these at-fault boat operators may be considered negligent. If so, they may be responsible for financially compensating the injured victims of their wrongful behaviours.
Common examples of boater negligence that often leads to injury-causing accidents include:
- Operating the boat under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Distracted boating
- Inexperience/ operating the boat without proper certification
- Failing to adhere to right-of-way rules
- And more
If you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent boat operator, our boating accident lawyers serving Sydney Mines may be able to help you recover financial compensation by filing a civil claim against the at-fault party. By working with our Sydney Mines 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 Sydney Mines.
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During a free, no-obligation initial meeting with our Sydney Mines 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 Sydney Mines.