Many people in Missouri enjoy taking a boat out on the waters of the lakes or the rivers that pepper the area. Recreational boating is a fond pastime enjoyed by families and friends during warm-weather days, and it can be a rewarding way to spend the day when done safely. However, the sad truth is that no matter how safety-conscious you are as a boat operator, there is little to be done about other boaters who may not be so cautious, and may be downright reckless and negligent in how they operate their watercraft. These people pose a threat to responsible boat operators, and too often, their negligence ends in an accident that results in grave injuries or even deaths. If you were hurt while operating a boat out on the water and want to talk to a boating accident lawyer about your rights and options as a boating accident injury victim, contact Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. for a free consultation.
Each year, the United States Coast Guard publishes a report detailing the numbers of injuries and deaths that took place each year on the nation’s waterways. Their most recent report stated that in 2017, more than 650 people were killed in boating accidents in the US, and more than 4,200 boating accidents were reported. In 19 percent of recreational boating fatalities in 2017, alcohol intoxication was considered a contributing factor in the accident. More than 2,600 people were injured in boating incidents, and one major cause of those injuries was making contact with a boat’s propeller. The majority of fatalities involved drowning as the cause of death, and a strikingly large number—more than 80 percent—of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
Although you cannot control how other boat operators act while our on the water, by taking a few precautions, you can do your part to ensure that you and your on-board passengers are safe when you take to the waters:
If you need a boating accident lawyer in Lee’s Summit, Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. can help. With more than four decades of experience in practicing personal injury law, we have the skills and knowledge to help you turn a bad day into a brighter future by fighting for justice in the courts. You may be qualified to receive financial compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of wages, and loss of quality of life after a boating accident injury, and we will work hard to get you every last cent you are entitled to under the law. Our work is done on a fee-contingency basis, so you do not have to worry about paying attorney’s fees until your case has reached a successful resolution. Call or click here today for your free consultation with one of our expert attorneys.
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