Dallas Boat Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a boating accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Living in Dallas, we frequently hear about car accidents and truck accidents on the news, but rarely hear about boating accidents. Despite what the rest of the country believes, Dallas has extensive water attractions that can lead to severe injuries if boats are not correctly operated. Many people often incorrectly assume that they can steer a boat if they can drive a car, but a boat involves a distinct set of rules and regulations.
Boaters are held just as accountable as drivers when involved in accidents. The attorneys at The Benton Law Firm have earned the trust of the Dallas community because of our dedication to helping people affected by boating accidents. We help our clients understand the many rules and regulations involved and how take action on them. You may be eligible for financial benefits as the result of your injury after a boating accident. If you have been injured in a boating accident, contact the Dallas boat accident attorneys of The Benton Law Firm today at (214) 219-4878 to discover your options for seeking compensation.
Do I Need a Boating Accident Lawyer?
A serious injury from a boating accident can cause expensive medical bills at every stage of recovery, not to mention time away from work in order to recover. Meanwhile, your injuries may be causing you significant pain, or even affecting your ability to function and think. It is unlikely during this time that you will want to even think about pursuing a legal claim, let alone be able to do so successfully.
This is why a lawyer can be helpful. A lawyer can take on your case while you focus on resting and recovering. They can gather the evidence, talk to witnesses, confer with experts, and make the legal arguments necessary to win you as much compensation as possible. They won’t be fooled by aggressive insurance agents who offer lowball settlements and try to get you to admit fault. With a lawyer’s help, you can earn all the money you need to pay for all your medical expenses and other costs, all with minimal undue stress to you.
Why Choose The Benton Law Firm to Handle My Case?
You should not have to suffer as a result of a boating accident that was not your fault, and The Benton Law Firm is wholly dedicated to helping you seek compensation for any suffering you have experienced. The attorneys at The Benton Law Firm have been proudly serving the Dallas area for years, winning hundreds of cases for our clients. We have a 10.0 Superb Avvo rating, and have been inducted into the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum, after winning millions of dollars for our clients. Jeff Benton, who founded The Benton Law Firm, was named one of D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas 2018.” The attorneys at The Benton Law Firm are committed to holding boat owners and insurance companies accountable when innocent people suffer injuries.
Boating in Dallas
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that is especially true when it comes to water activities. Texas has the most square miles of inland lakes of any state in the country. There are over half a million boats registered in Texas, which makes it the 6th most popular boating state in the United States. In just the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex alone, there are over 50 lakes and reservoirs, making boating and watersports very popular activities during the hot Texas summers. Family vacations, work retreats, parties, and official city events all take place on Texas lakes, and while lake days are usually fun for everyone, they can lead to unfortunate accidents if all parties involved are not careful on the water.
Boating is typically a spring and summer “sport,” which unfortunately coincides with holiday weekends and heavy drinking. In fact, alcohol plays a role in over half of all boating accidents, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Boating while intoxicated is a very serious offense which law enforcement officers actively look out for, especially during holiday weekends. However, they cannot be everywhere at once, and accidents do occur. The U.S. Coast Guard recorded 170 boating accidents on Texas lakes last year, 51 of which were fatal. The top contributing factors to these accidents are:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
- Alcohol use
While days out on the lake are fun, boat operators need to be responsible. When they are not, they need to be held accountable for any mistakes that may have led to a person’s injury.
Boating accidents do not always involve two boats. Very frequently, they involve one boat and other people who are in inner tubes or other smaller watercrafts. Only a few months ago, several children were injured in Joe Pool Lake after a boat slammed into them on the lake. Earlier this summer, another child was critically injured in Joe Pool Lake after a boat slammed into two boats which were tied together side by side.
The majority of boating accidents occur at night, but this is no excuse for irresponsible boating behavior. There are strict laws that boaters must adhere to ensure everyone’s safety on the water, like proper lights at night and keeping safe distances from diver-down flags. These safety laws are especially important to follow at night because visibility is so low, and especially during busy nighttime lake events like fourth of July fireworks.
Boating Accident Injuries
Many factors lead to boating accidents including alcohol, poor lighting, boat malfunction, driver inexperience, weather conditions, and speeding. Boat accidents can be quite severe to the victims who are either sitting alone in the water or stationary on a boat. A motorboat flying at you full speed while you are sitting in the water in an inner tube can lead to devastating injuries that may take weeks or months in the hospital in order to fully recover. As a victim of a boating accident, you are eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future income, and pain and suffering. Injuries people can sustain in a boating accident can occur for many reasons, including:
- Collision with another boat or structure
- Wave runner/jet ski collision
- Boat passengers thrown overboard
- Refueling explosions
- Injuries from contact with a boat propeller
- Equipment failures
- Hitting a large wave at excessive speed
- Overcrowding a boat or vessel
Boat operators are held to a high standard of care to prevent devastating injuries from occurring, so when a boat operator neglects to take the proper precautions, they should be liable for any resulting injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, which can include broken bones, brain injury or damage, permanent injuries, drowning, or even death, contact The Benton Law Firm today to find out what compensation you may be entitled to.
In addition to holding boat owners accountable, The Benton Law Firm will work with your insurance to make sure they are providing you with as much assistance as possible. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to underpay or deny your claim, but our attorneys will work to ensure that you receive all the compensation you deserve from your insurance company.
Contact a Dallas Boating Accident Attorney
The Dallas boat accident attorney at The Benton Law Firm understand the devastating injuries that can result from these kinds of accidents. Boating is a relaxing summer sport which too many people fail to act responsibly during. Boating accidents happen far too often throughout the state and unfortunately often involve children who do not know to quickly get out of the way of a speeding boat. Children and other family members should not be forced to swiftly swim out of the way because a boat operator cannot control their craft. If you or a loved one have been injured in a boat accident, contact the Dallas boat accident lawyers at The Benton Law Firm today at (214) 219-4878.