Thanks to Massachusetts’ numerous bays, rivers, lakes, and other waterways, boating and water sports are popular pastimes among Massachusetts residents and visitors. Most of the time these exciting activities occur without incident. Yet, boating and water sports are inherently risky. A brief moment of inattention or carelessness can cause a heartbreaking accident.
Types/causes of boating accidents in Massachusetts
Boats and personal watercraft, such as Jet-Skis, Wave Runners and Ski-Doos, are powerful machines that can cause serious injuries when not handled or maintained properly. Inflatable rafts, kayaks, and canoes hold particular dangers of their own. Among some of the more common watercraft accidents are:
- Collisions with other boats, fixed objects, or swimmers
- Falls overboard
- Skiing mishaps
Because you don’t need a license to operate most of these watercraft, many accidents occur due to inexperience or failure to understand or acknowledge boating regulations. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that most boating accidents are caused by:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Excessive speed
- Navigation rules violation
- Alcohol/drug use
- Force of wake/waves
- Hazardous water conditions
Other causes include operating the watercraft too aggressively, recklessly, or carelessly; failing to provide enough life jackets or flotation devices; overcrowding the boat; operating the boat without the aid of another person; and equipment failure.
Boating accident injuries
Boating and water craft accidents can give rise to devastating injuries and wrongful deaths. Frequent injuries include broken bones, lacerations, hypothermia, head and spinal injuries, and psychological trauma. Death commonly occurs by drowning, trauma, cardiac arrest, hypothermia, and carbon monoxide poisoning. These injuries and deaths can result in substantial medical bills and financial losses.
Massachusetts boating accident lawyers can help you
If you have been injured in a boating accident or a loved one has been killed, an experienced Massachusetts boating accident lawyer help put your life back in order. A skilled attorney can:
- Thoroughly investigate the boating accident, interview witnesses, hire accident reconstruction experts, and gathering evidence;
- Determine who caused the accident, whether it be the operator of the boat/watercraft, the boat/watercraft manufacturer, or others;
- Fight for recovery of your financial losses, including current and future medical bills, lost earnings, and compensation for pain and suffering
Peter Ventura is a personal injury and boating accident lawyer dedicated to helping people injured in Massachusetts boating accidents obtain compensation for their injuries. Call today for a free consultation at 508-755-7535 or contact us online.