Boating is a very fun and relaxing way to spend the summer and escape the Texas heat. However, typically there is a flurry of boating accidents during the summer months. In fact, earlier this month a tragic accident occurred involving the toddler son of a Lewisville firefighter. The boy fell off a boat and into Lake Ray Hubbard and was struck by the boat’s propeller. The toddler is expected to survive, but it’s likely the injuries he suffered to his leg and abdomen will affect him the remainder of his life.
The causes of boating accidents vary, but many are due to inexperienced boat drivers taking to the water without much regard for the safety of themselves or their passengers. Operators of boats and personal watercraft, such as jet skis, have a legal responsibility under Texas law to safely operate their watercraft for the benefit of their passengers as well as other individuals sharing the waterways with them. If they fail to do so, they can be held legally responsible.
Tragically, every year people in Texas are killed in boating accidents because of the negligence of others. Some of these deaths are because of direct collisions, while others involve passengers who have been ejected from boats because of the careless actions of another. If you have been the victim of a boating accident, you have the legal right to compensation, including compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Call the Plano boating accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm if you have been injured in a boating accident due to the negligence of another party. Our attorneys can help. Call us today at 972-231-5800 to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.
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