Boating is a major part of recreational and economic life in Coastal Virginia, where the ocean, bay and waterways are populated with sailboats, motorboats, container ships, tugboats, Naval vessels, pontoon boats, kayaks, jet skis and other watercraft. With the ocean, ports and Chesapeake Bay and all our inland navigable waterways, there are many opportunities for accidents and injuries to seamen and the public, including passengers. Unfortunately, maritime accidents involving recreational boating are common in Hampton Roads, and these types of accidents can have devastating consequences. You can count on Attorney Ed Atkinson’s strength as a personal injury and boating accident attorney here in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth area. Attorney Atkinson can help you pursue just compensation for a boating-related injury, or even for the drowning death of a loved one. If a boating accident has occurred, contact a Norfolk personal injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation and review of your case.
According to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) statistics, motorboats are the most common type of recreational watercraft involved in accidents with injuries or fatalities. In 2017, motorboats were represented in 68% of these casualty accidents. Canoes and kayaks, personal watercraft (jet skis), and pontoons also cause a significant number of injuries and deaths each year. Virginia consistently ranks in the top 10 states in the country for watercraft-related casualties – not a surprise considering how busy and important our coastline and waterways are.
In recreational boating accidents, the type of mishap most commonly cited by the USCG is a collision with another boat, followed by flooding or swamping, a collision with a fixed object, and grounding. Driver inattention and lack of a lookout are actually the most common causes of serious accidents, followed by operator inexperience, excessive speed, machinery failure, and alcohol use.
Boating accidents also occur in maritime occupations, including commercial fishing and shipping of freight. Cruise ships occasionally have accidents, which are often highly publicized, involving passenger injuries and fatalities. Other boat-related accidents are often related to the pursuit of water sports, such as scuba diving and water skiing. Whatever the case, if you feel you’re the victim of another boater’s negligence, give us a call.
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Maritime and boating laws are intended to help prevent accidents on our local waterways. These laws and regulations apply to cruise ships, maritime workers, recreational vessel operators, passengers, and nearly anyone out on the water. Product liability laws that govern the safety standards of vehicles, parts, and equipment also apply to watercraft.
It is especially important to gather and secure evidence as quickly as possible after a boating accident, before it is washed away or destroyed. It is imperative to seek legal counsel immediately. Evidence of negligence or faulty equipment is crucial to this type of case, and can entitle an accident victim to financial recovery for damages. You may receive compensation for present and future medical costs, wage loss, pain and suffering, and more. If a water craft accident has resulted in the heartbreaking wrongful death of a loved one, you also may be entitled to funeral expenses, loss of income, loss of companionship, and other damages.
It is a tragedy when an fun day of boating ends in catastrophic injury due to the negligence of another party. Atkinson Law in Norfolk, VA is committed to helping victims pursue money damages from responsible parties to compensate the financial costs and devastation of severe injuries or the loss of a loved one.
For aggressive representation, call my Norfolk, Virginia, law firm at 757-648-8579 or send me an email to arrange a consultation.