Pursuing Maximum Compensation
after a Boating Accident
Boating is a popular activity in Utah. Within a close driving distance of Salt Lake City, boaters can enjoy the day on Utah Lake, Salt Lake, and Bear Lake, as well as the many reservoirs around the area. Unfortunately, there are numerous boating injuries every year as a result of negligence, dangerous or defective products, and unlawful operation. A boating accident attorney at our Salt Lake City, UT, law firm can provide you with sound legal counsel so that you can make informed decisions regarding your rights. After reviewing your case, we can recommend a course of action and provide you with unwavering representation. To schedule a free consultation with our personal injury group, please contact Younker Hyde Macfarlane online or call us at (801) 335-6467.
About Boating Accidents
Boat accidents can vary widely in type and severity, as a diverse range of factors can result in boat accidents and subsequent injuries. Boat accidents can involve multiple parties on multiple boats, multiple parties on a boat and in the water, or multiple parties on one boat. Water skiing accidents, sailboat accidents, jet ski accidents - as varied as these are, they're all categorized as boat accidents. Regardless of what type of accident takes place, the risk for injury and death in boat accidents is very real. The forces involved in boating accidents can be tremendous and the environment poses unique risks as well. Water can lead to drownings and specific dangers like propellers and anchors can cause traumatic injury.
Exploring the Common Causes
In many cases, boat accidents occur due to simple negligence. Many boaters either lack experience or are operating their boat recklessly (and occasionally illegally). Common causes of boat accidents include:
- Reckless operation
- Failure to maintain lookout for other boats
- Failure to maintain lookout for swimmers
- Failure to yield right of way
- Excessive speed
- Dangerous or defective components
- Equipment failure (such as tow rope failure)
- Collisions due to failure to judge position or speed of boats or swimmers
Any of the above factors may be grounds to file a personal injury claim. If you have been involved in a boat accident, the lawyers at our firm can help ensure your legal rights are protected.
The lawyers at our firm work with experts in maritime law, accident reconstruction, forensics, and physics to establish the circumstances surrounding the accident and attribute fault.
No two cases are the same. The financial compensation that you may be eligible to recover will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your case. That being said, damages in personal injury cases are typically awarded for medical expenses, loss of wages, and intangibles like pain and suffering. In cases involving catastrophic injury, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or burn injury, medical expenses can include future medical expenses, reconstructive surgery costs, cosmetic surgery costs, and lifetime care expenses. Damages awarded for loss of income may include loss of future income due to an inability to maintain employment or inhibited earning capacity stemming from the victim's injury.
In cases involving wrongful death, family members may be able to file a claim to hold the responsible party accountable. If you have lost a loved one, please accept our condolences. No amount of monetary compensation can replace a loved one but why should you and your family be weighed down by a financial burden through no fault of your own? We can help you recover just and fair financial compensation for funeral expenses, loss of income, and loss of consortium.
Personal Injury Attorneys
Why You Need a Boat Accident Attorney
Determining fault in a boating accident can be difficult. The lawyers at our firm work with experts in maritime law, accident reconstruction, forensics, and physics to establish the circumstances surrounding the accident and attribute fault. If a boating accident involves more than one boat, it may be a simple matter of determining which party contributed more to the accident taking place. If a boating accident occurs or injury results from a defective product or malfunctioning component, you may have a product liability claim. If you have been involved in a boating accident, you should not underestimate the value of an attorney. Legal representation can make the difference between a successful resolution and no resolution.
Contact Our Team Today
Please don't hesitate to contact our law firm online or call our office at (801) 335-6467 if you or a loved one has been involved in a boat accident. Our team can guide you through every step of the process.