Recreational boating can be a wonderful way to bond with friends and family on a warm day. By following basic boating safety guidelines, one would think that they can ensure that they will have a nice time and be free from hazards while out on the water. However, all too often, responsible boaters can be hurt in boat collisions or other boating accidents due to no fault of their own, because sadly, not everyone sharing the waterways with them are as safety-conscious as they are. For example, some people view boating as an excuse to party and may become intoxicated, even though operating a boat is similar to operating any motor vehicle and operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances is illegal in the state of Kansas. Intoxicated boat operators are more likely to suffer from impaired judgement and impaired reaction time, making them a hazard to those they are on the water with—both in their own boat and in the boats of others. If you were injured in an incident while out on the water and want to discuss your case with a boating accident lawyer, contact the attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. to discuss your rights as an accident victim.
According to a report issued by the United States Coast Guard, alcohol impairment was the leading cause of nearly 20 percent of boating-related fatalities in the year 2016. Open motorboats, cabin motorboats, and personal watercraft were the top three vehicle types involved in accidents reported that same year. Collisions with another recreational vessel caused 49 deaths and more than 720 injuries in 2016, while collisions with a fixed object resulted in 63 deaths and more than 300 injuries that year.
The United States Coast Guard reported that more than 80 percent of drowning deaths stemming from recreational boating incidents involved people who were not equipped with life jackets. Using a life jacket is one major way you can ensure that you and whoever you share your boating experience with stay safer out on the water. Another thing you can do is to take a boating safety course prior to going underway, so that you can learn all there is to know about avoiding hazards while boating.
Contact the legal experts at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. if you have been hurt and need a boating accident lawyer in Olathe. We will use our four decades of experience in the legal field to help you fight to recover damages for your pain and suffering in court. We are dedicated to helping those who come to us for help turn a bad day into a brighter future. Our work is conducted on a fee-contingency basis, meaning you do not have to pay any attorney’s fees if your case is not favorably resolved. We also offer case evaluations to all clients free of charge. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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