Fun on the water at DFW lakes can turn into danger if boaters and passengers are reckless or negligent. If you’ve been harmed in a boat accident, a Dallas boat accident lawyer can help you collect compensatory damages.
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There’s nothing better on a hot Texas summer day than taking the boat out to Lewisville Lake or Pilot Point. Unfortunately, negligence, recklessness, and lack of caution can contribute to boating accidents and serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.
Burns, drownings, and deep cuts are common water injuries. If these have happened to you or a loved one, a Dallas boat crash lawyer can help. Contact Brooks & Radchenko today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced boat accident attorney in Dallas.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department notes that fatal boat accidents rose 61% between 2019 and 2020. That year saw 281 accidents and 59 fatalities in Texas. According to the U.S. Coast Guard's boating accident statistics, 5.4% of all U.S. boating accidents in 2021 occurred in Texas. Texas had 52 fatal boating accidents, resulting in the deaths of 58 people. Drowning is by far the chief cause of boating fatalities in the Lone Star State (81%), but it is not the only type of catastrophic accident.
Just like the Texas roadways, DFW waterways are also governed by safety and traffic regulations. These regulations are known as maritime or boating law. They cover recreational boats, watercraft like Jet Skis, cargo ships, cruise ships, and even oil rigs. If your boat is less than 12 miles from shore, it’s subject to Dallas boating regulations; if it’s more than 12 miles from shore, then it’s subject to federal maritime laws.
All boat operators should have a solid understanding of both areas of maritime law to ensure the safety of their craft and others. For example, they should know these rules:
Texas and federal laws are subject to change; it’s best to review DFW maritime regulations each year before heading out on the water.
Most boating accident injuries are caused by the boat owner's negligence or recklessness, according to the boating statistics compiled by the U.S. Coast Guard. Negligence covers dangerous actions and oversights like the following:
These are not the only causes of catastrophic boating accidents. Contact a Dallas boating accident attorney to ask about the details of your case.
Tragic boating accidents affect hundreds of people in Texas every year. Even those who survive these accidents could be permanently impaired. Some common injuries victims sustain are:
Tragically, some people don't survive a Dallas boating accident. If a loved one has died after a watercraft accident, speak with your Dallas boating accident attorney about filing a wrongful death suit.
Texas personal injury law permits victims of boating accidents to recover both economic, or calculable, damages and non-economic damages, such as consideration for pain and suffering due to injuries.
An experienced Dallas boating accident lawyer will explain the type and value of compensation you may be entitled to collect from the insurance company.
Negligent parties could include:
In this situation, the boat rental company and the boat operator would share the blame for the accident, as each one acted negligently. Both parties may be named as defendants in your case.
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As seasoned Dallas – Fort Worth trial lawyers, we understand what it takes to build a solid case for personal injury victims — and have the resources to see even the most complex cases through. Over the years, we have secured tens of millions of dollars in settlements and trial awards for our clients, reflecting our desire to pursue justice on their behalf.
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