Recreational boating is a favorite pastime for many Washingtonians. Unfortunately, every year, thousands of boating and accidents occur in the US and particularly on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. These incidents often result in the need for a boating accident lawyer in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and other popular boating areas. Operating a speed boat, sail boat, or jetski poses certain risks. While the majority of boat operators are aware of these risks and take precautions, occasionally, someone’s reckless actions while boating can lead to serious injury or even death. If such an accident has affected you or a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation and it would behoove you to speak with a boat and boating injury lawyer as early as possible.
The majority of accidents we see as boating accident attorneys in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia stem from a captain’s failure to adhere to laws and regulations, or impairment from drug and alcohol consumption. These neglectful behaviors can result in dangerous actions such as:
It only takes a small moment of negligence, one forgotten detail, one flaw in the manufacturing, to cause serious harm to boaters and swimmers alike. While boats may be just as fast and powerful as cars and trucks, they are not subject to all of the extensive safety regulations we have for land vehicles.
Occasionally, we also see inexperienced sailors and drivers at the helm, which can add further risk to an already dangerous scenario. Boat injury cases are all different and each requires close attention from an experienced boating accident attorney. Licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, Cohen & Cohen’s attorneys possess the understanding and experience to interpret the nuances of your unique case.
A boating accident can be a complex matter and insurance providers may use this complexity to keep you from getting the money you deserve. After the trauma of a personal injury, you owe it to yourself to know all of your legal options. Protect yourself and your loved ones from the financial devastation that often comes with personal injury. Financial compensation may not restore your life to what it was before, but it can certainly afford you the tools to help build a new one. A free case evaluation with a knowledgeable Cohen & Cohen boat accident attorney can be the first step in that process.