While many people do not think of boating as a main Pittsburgh attraction, we really do have quite an expansive tourism industry with plenty of waterway options. One of those options is the duck boat tours.
After last year’s tragic duck boat incident in Missouri that killed 17 people, Just Ducky Tours in Pittsburgh shut down for the season. There were so many questions about the safety of duck boats that the owners decided to call the season early. However, they are now back and it has us wondering about their safety.
At the SMA Law Group, we know that people like to have fun on the waterway. We also know that injury incidents happen, often due to boat failure or boat operator negligence. If you need a boating accident attorney in Pittsburgh, call us today so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
Accidents Can Happen
Just Ducky Tours has a good track record of safety and we hope they never have an adverse event on the waterways. However, as the warmer weather moves in, recreational and occupational boating activities will increase in and around Pennsylvania. There are some things you need to keep in mind when it comes to boat safety. Whether you are going out on a personal boat or a commercial watercraft, safety is the most important thing to keep in mind at all times.
For recreational water activities, people love to use boats and jet skis. However, when they go out they expect the boat to be safe and to be operated by a competent crew. Companies that operate recreational watersports crafts have a big responsibility. This includes:
- Ensuring that their boats and all equipment are regularly inspected and maintained.
- Captains and boat crew must understand and follow all boating laws.
- Having enough life vests for everyone on a boat and ensuring everyone knows how to use them.
- Monitoring all weather conditions and not operating in inclement weather.
For those who work on the water, there are certain things they need to be aware of. Anyone who primarily works on the water is not covered by the same workers’ compensation laws as most people. If a maritime worker is injured, they must pursue compensation through the Jones Act or the Longshore Workers’ Compensation Act, both of which provide employees with ways to secure compensation for workplace injuries.
What Happens Now
We want you to have fun on the waterways, but we are here for you if another person’s negligence has caused you or a loved one harm. At the SMA Law Group, our qualified and experienced team understands the dynamics of boat crashes and will work diligently to secure compensation for the following:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible