If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating accident, The Benton Law Firm can help. Although the open water is nothing like a highway or roadway, boaters are still expected to follow the law and operate their vehicles with care and respect for everyone they encounter. When boaters drive recklessly or under the influence of alcohol, they increase the chance of colliding with another vessel, capsizing, or running into swimmers and other objects in the water. An estimated 5,000 boating accidents occurred across the nation in 2016, injuring and killing thousands. Even though you may be a responsible boater, there is always a chance of encountering someone breaking the law and acting negligently.
At The Benton Law Firm, our team goes to work every day to stand up for boating accident victims and their families, taking legal action against reckless boaters and manufacturers who knowingly put lives at risk. We know how tragic and costly these accidents can be and will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve to pay for injuries, lost wages, and other damages.
Do I Need a Boating Accident Attorney?
From undergoing surgery or other medical procedures to learning to cope with a future full of rehabilitation and physical therapy, the aftermath of a boating accident is hard and scary. Furthermore, the financial stress that accompanies an accident like this may be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. You need a boating accident attorney on your side to help navigate the complex and nuanced legal system, make sure you file paperwork on time, and get every penny you deserve.
Dealing with insurance companies can be a hassle, especially when they reject your claim or offer a lowball figure. Lawyers know how to negotiate with insurance companies and will not accept insufficient offers, even if that means taking your case to court. By hiring a Brownsville personal injury attorney after your boat accident, you can rest assured that your case is being handled, so you can focus on your recovery and your family.
Why Choose Us?
At The Benton Law Firm, we pride ourselves on not only the results we get but how we treat every client who walks through our doors. From the partners to paralegals, each member of our team has a hand in your case, offering their specific knowledge and experience to build your case and give you the best chance possible at recovering compensation to pay for medical bills and other damages. We promise to handle your case with the care and attention it deserves, and will be truthful with you every step of the way. Our law firm has earned the respect of both the legal community and the Brownsville community, because we get results and treat our clients as valued members of our community and neighborhood.
Boating Accident Cases We Handle
Boating accidents can happen for a wide variety of different reasons, but most involve negligence on someone’s part. Because boating feels so different from driving a car, boaters tend not to take nearly as many safety measures as drivers do, which leads to accidents. Some common boating accident cases we handle include:
- Boating under the influence
- Mechanical or manufacturer defects
- Reckless driving
- Boaters not paying attention
- Inexperienced boaters
- Boaters not wearing life jackets
- Colliding with buoys or other stationary objects
- Hitting waves at unsafe speed
Hundreds of thousands of people go boating every year across the state of Texas, meaning more and more boaters are on lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water across the state. Crowded water increases the risk of an accident due to negligent and reckless boat operators. Any of the above actions can result in serious, life-threatening injuries to passengers, other boaters, and swimmers alike. As a boating accident victim, you have rights and can take legal action against the responsible party. The Benton Law Firm can help you recover compensation for consequences such as:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
The precise amount of money you can receive will depend on the cause of your accident and your particular circumstances. An experienced boating accident attorney can help you put together a claim that is right for you.
Wrongful Death in Boating Accidents
Unfortunately, because of the presence of water, many boating accidents end in death, usually by drowning. In 2016, there were 4,463 boating accidents in the United States, with 701 deaths. If you have lost a loved one to a boating accident, nothing can bring them back or truly heal the pain you are feeling. However, filing a wrongful death claim against the responsible party can help recover compensation that can make this trying time easier to bear, covering the cost of funeral and burial expenses, lost income, and loss of companionship. Wrongful death claims can be complicated to bring, so if you are considering filing one, make sure you speak to a lawyer from The Benton Law Firm first. We can help you determine whether a wrongful death claim is right for you.
Contact Us Today
Nothing can prepare you for the potential horrors and stresses of a boating accident. Depending on the severity, victims can experience life-altering injuries that require multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation as they struggle to get back to a sense of normalcy. In the most serious cases, you may lose a loved one as a result of drowning or horrific injuries due to contact with the propeller or being run over. Along with the physical and emotional toll this can take on you and your family, it can also cause financial burdens. From medical expenses to lost wages and potentially a lifetime of physical therapy costs, you need financial compensation to avoid financial ruin.
To schedule a free consultation and take the first step in reclaiming your life after your accident, contact the Brownsville boating accident lawyers at The Benton Law Firm today by calling us at (956) 230-6390 or by filling out an online form.