During the summertime in Massachusetts when temperatures peak, there’s nothing as enjoyable as a day on the water. While boating is a great way to recreate, it can also be dangerous. If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident in Massachusetts, our experienced boating accident attorneys in Massachusetts are available to help. Reach out to our law firm by phone or online to learn more about your legal options and how to seek compensation for your injuries. 

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

Boating accidents are usually the result of negligence—the failure to exercise the proper degree of care. Types of negligence that commonly lead to boating accidents include: 

  • Operator inexperience or inattention. Most boat accidents are the result of the boat operator’s negligence. Operator inexperience or inattention are common causes. If an operator is distracted by passengers, a mobile device, or something else, this could lead to a serious crash. 
  • Lookout failure. Some boating accidents are the result of a lookout’s failure to spot a person in the water or another hazard. These types of boating accidents can be especially tragic. 
  • Passenger negligence. While operators are almost always to blame for boating accidents, this isn’t always the case. Passengers who are rowdy, drunk, or behaving negligently could cause an accident.
  • Excessive speeding. Another type of operator negligence is that of speeding or otherwise performing illegal operations/maneuvers. Speed is a common factor in most accidents involving boats and other motor vehicles. 
  • Boat defects. While less common, a boat defect, such as an engine defect, could lead to a crash or another accident that leaves those involved with serious injuries. 
  • Weather. Extreme weather can lead to serious accidents, including boat capsizing. Operators should check the weather before heading out on the water. 

Boating Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries

A boating accident could lead to severe injuries. Common injuries associated with boating accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Head and traumatic brain injuries
  • Drowning and near-drowning injuries
  • Limb amputation injuries 
  • Severe blood loss (common in accidents involving propellers) 
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Bone fracture injuries

Part of what makes boating so dangerous is that in addition to bodily injuries that may be sustained—such as a bone fracture or a concussion as a result of impact and force—there is also a risk of drowning due to the presence of water. 

Who’s Liable for a Boating Accident?

Like other accident types, liability and legal responsibility for a boating accident are based on negligence—the failure to exercise a reasonable degree of care for the given situation. For example, if an intoxicated boat operator caused a crash as a result of their failure to safely operate the boat, any victims of the accident may file a claim for damages against the operator or the operator’s liability insurance policy. At the office of Tetzel Law, our lawyers can investigate your case to determine how the boating accident occurred and who should be held liable. From there, we’ll file your claim, present evidence, calculate your damage, and represent your interests during potential settlement negotiations. 

Call Tetzel Law Today 

If you’ve been in a boating accident, you deserve legal help. To learn more about your rights and how we can support you, reach out to our experienced legal team at the office of Tetzel Law today. We offer free consultations. Contact us online or by phone at (617) 742-1700.