With warm weather returning and summer officially starting, Houstonians are starting to enjoy many of the nearby water recreational opportunities in large numbers. Many take advantage of the numerous lakes in the region for boating, swimming, and leisure.
Unfortunately, the benefits of water recreation sometimes come with a cost. Injuries and deaths while boating happen more frequently than many imagine. Many of these boating collisions are caused by a lack of safety measures or by operator negligence.
CAUSES OF BOATING INJURIES AND DEATHS
- Although some boating accidents are just that – accidents – others are the result of another person’s carelessness or negligence. People may be held liable for accidents caused by:
- Drunk boating
- Operating a boat too fast
- Reckless operation
There can be other reasons for collisions between boats and other objects, including:
- Poor lighting on boats or on buildings and other objects
- Lack of warning signs or incorrect warning signs
- Debris in waterways
In some instances, boating accidents result in property damage to sometimes very costly watercraft. In other instances, the consequences are much more serious. People can drown, slip and fall, be struck, and suffer serious head injuries, amputations, or brain damage. and head injuries.
Although the causes of boating accidents are often similar to those involving motor vehicles such as cars and trucks, separate laws govern the operation of watercraft. If you were hurt or lost a loved one because of a drunk boater or because someone was speeding, it is important to find out whether you might be entitled to compensation.
At the Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, our personal injury lawyers are well-versed in the laws governing boating accidents. If you were injured while boating or lost a loved one in a fatal accident on a lake, in a river, or in the Gulf, learn about your options and rights. Call an attorney to discuss your case at (713) 222-7211.