Summer is on its way and summertime in Pennsylvania is beautiful. Despite the heat of the summer days, there is always a chill to the night air that leaves you in a relaxed state. Summer in Pennsylvania is perfect boating weather. There is something special about getting on a boat with your friends or family. Something about gliding across the water in a boat with friends erases all the drama of the day unless, you are the victim of a boating accident. Our boating accident attorneys in Pittsburgh at SMT Legal have heard countless stories from victims of boating accidents. They almost never end with minor injuries.
Kinds Of Boating Accidents
Just like any injury, the people at fault for the boating accident were more than likely not taking reasonable care while boating. Such negligent behavior resulted in your injury. Our Pittsburgh Boating Accident Attorneys are here to help you prove what the negligent behavior was and how it caused your injury. Here are some examples of negligent behavior while on a boat:
- Inadequate Boat Maintenance: Like any other vehicle on the roadway or waterway, it is important for owners to keep up with their vehicles for the sake of those around them. If you are going to drive or use your vehicles in public then you must keep them suitable in public.
- Driving Without Boating License: Boats are just like cars, you need to pass a test in order to be legally allowed to drive them. Just because you have been on a boat since you were a child or a teen does not mean you have the education or experience to drive carefully or aware of others on the waterway.
- Excessive Speed: Just like on the roadway, there are speed limits on the waterway. Using appropriate speed rates can be the difference between hurting yourself and hurting others. Speeding can cause injury for boats, swimmers, or other water vehicles like kayaks or canoes. Be respectful of others on the roadway,
- Reckless Operation: Many associate drinking with a good boat day. Although it is refreshing to drink a cold one on the water, it is irresponsible and dangerous to drink and operate a boat. An example of this is a capsized boat in the Alleghany River. Three men were pronounced dead after the boat. Investigators believe the boat hit a shallow shoreline which capsized the boat trapping three underneath it. Investigators think that alcohol was also an issue. When you drive impaired at night when vision is already impaired, it is a recipe for disaster.
What To Do
If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury due to a boat accident it is important that you find legal assistance. Having an attorney by your side can greatly increase your success because we have the skills and experience necessary to share your story. Call 412-765-3345 or click here to schedule a free case evaluation with our professional attorneys at SMT Legal in Pittsburgh today.