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Reckless Operation and the Dangers of Boat Accidents

By Norman Younker on April 22, 2016


Two boatloads of people waving to each otherBoating is meant to be a fun and relaxing recreational activity that allows people to get away from the noise and hustle of their everyday lives. Unfortunately, some operators of water vessels fail to take the precautions that are necessary to ensure that this activity is not only fun, but also safe. It can be difficult for some to remember that these recreational vehicles actually require significant responsibility and care. Just as with a motor vehicle, watercrafts carry the risk and potential for accidents and injury. Boat accidents are more common than most realize and can result in significant financial, physical, and emotional damages. Many boat accidents are completely avoidable, as long as the operators of these vessels remain focused on the safe operation of their watercraft. Unfortunately, boat accidents and reckless operation often go hand in hand in Salt Lake City, UT.

This is where the attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane come in. Our personal injury attorneys can help to prove liability so that victims of boat accidents caused by reckless operation can receive just compensation for the damages suffered as the result of these unfortunate accidents.

Examples of Reckless Operation

The water is a great place to unwind and have fun. However, there are many potential dangers involved with boating and other watersports. In order to ensure that people can continue to enjoy the fun of the water without compromising their own safety or the safety of others, there are maritime laws in place. Among these laws are many regulations in regards to how a watercraft should be operated. If a boater fails to follow these regulations, or operates a boat in a manner that is reckless and unsafe, they can be found liable for any boat accident that occurs as a result. Below are some examples of actions that would be classified as reckless operation of a watercraft:

  • Driving the boat at excessive speeds (when speeds are not posted vessels should take into account weather conditions, visibility, and water traffic)
  • Boating in areas that are marked as restricted
  • Creating a wake in a “no wake” zone
  • Encircling people who are engaged in water activities (including swimmers)
  • Operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Dangers of a Boat Accident

Restrictions are in place in regards to the operation of water vessels due to the fact that boat accidents can be very damaging. Aside from the property damage that is likely to occur, most boating accidents also involve personal injury. Injuries such as a blow to the head can escalate into something far more serious when water is involved. Drowning is a serious risk of boat accidents. When a death or injury occurs as the result of a boat accident, there are likely to be financial, physical, and emotional repercussions.

Contact Us

If you have been injured in a boat accident and have questions about your legal rights, contact us at Younker Hyde Macfarlane at your earliest convenience. Our team of attorneys is experienced in personal injury and has an understanding of maritime laws that will help determine who is at fault in your accident, so that appropriate compensation can be sought.

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