Taking a boat trip is a great way to enjoy yourself on a spring or summer day. Usually, boating trips will be safe, comfortable and enjoyable: You’ll be provided with a well-functioning boat and a competent driver, as well as adequate safety equipment such as life vests.
However, in rare circumstances, a seemingly risk-free boat ride could turn scary, dangerous or even fatal. If you have been involved in a boat accident and you believe that the negligence of another party was a factor in the causation of the accident, it is important that you understand your options so that you can take action to claim back damages when appropriate. The following is an overview of the causes of boat accidents that point to the negligence of another party.
If you hired a boat operator to take you and your party on a trip, they have the duty to behave responsibly and safely at all times. This means that they will need to constantly monitor their boat and stay vigilant. An example of negligence in regard to operator inattention could be a situation in which they are chatting to passengers instead of being attentive drivers, and as a result, become involved in a collision.
Sometimes operators are paid by the distance they travel, so they may be in a particular rush to get back to the starting point and finish their job. However, no matter the time constraint, safety should always come first. Driving at a reasonable speed enables drivers to have enough time to react to dangers.
Unfortunately, many people operate boats while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This could lead to risky operations, and doing this is extremely negligent.
Make sure that you hold the at-fault boat operator liable for the pain and suffering caused if you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident. Take swift action so that you can be successful in your claim.