In the coastal waters near Tracadie-Sheila as well as other nearby lakes, rivers, and waterways, accidents are frequently the result of boater negligence. Even though most experienced boat operators understand the importance of caution while operating their vessels, the wrongful behaviours of certain inexperienced, inconsiderate, reckless, distracted, or other negligent boat drivers can cause serious accidents. 

Throughout the country, anyone who operates a motorized boat with more than 10 horsepower is required by federal law to comply with marine laws and exercise a reasonable degree of caution at all times. Boat operators owe a duty of care to others who could be affected by their behaviour, including their own passengers as well as the occupants of other vessels. If a boat driver shirks this duty of care by violating any number of marine laws and an accident occurs causing someone else to sustain injuries, the at-fault operator of the vessel may be considered negligent. 

Some examples of boat driver negligence that frequently result in injury-causing accidents include:

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

When the negligent conduct of a boat driver causes a collision with another vessel, accident victims could lose their lives by sustaining traumatic injuries or by drowning. Those who survive being thrown overboard and trapped underwater for a substantial period of time could emerge from their boating accident with anoxic brain injuries.

Similar to the effects of severe traumatic brain injuries, anoxic brain injuries can significantly impact the daily lives of boating accident survivors for years. The effects can even last permanently. Symptoms of anoxic brain injuries can be extremely disruptive, affecting injured accident victims physically, cognitively, behaviourally, and emotionally. Because someone else’s negligence caused them to be trapped underwater, innocent boating accident victims could experience a diminished overall quality of life. 

Other injuries that are commonly sustained in boating accidents include: 

  • Concussions
  • 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
  • Paralysis
  • And more

Recovering from injuries sustained in an accident caused by a negligent boat operator can be a long, difficult, and expensive process. If the negligence of another boat driver caused you to sustain injuries, our boating accident lawyers serving Tracadie-Sheila may be able to provide you with crucial advice and legal assistance.

If you are eligible to pursue a civil claim against the at-fault boat operator whose negligence caused you to be injured, our Tracadie-Sheila boating accident lawyers may be able to help you recover financial compensation for damages you incurred as a result of your injuries. To learn whether you may be entitled to compensation, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today and book a free initial consultation with our boating accident lawyers serving Tracadie-Sheila. 

Free Consultation for Tracadie-Sheila Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win

In the aftermath of an injury-causing marine accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn for accountability and restitution. If you were injured because of someone else’s violation of marine laws, our Tracadie-Sheila boating accident lawyers may be able to help.

To discuss the details of your accident with our boating accident lawyers serving Tracadie-Sheila and learn about legal options that might be available to you, schedule your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers today.

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