Maritime and boat accident attorneys know that offshore injuries due to working in the maritime industry or recreational water activities are complicated cases. There are many laws that apply to offshore accidents, but an attorney must have a thorough understanding of the laws in order to know when they are applicable in different accident scenarios.
Offshore accident injuries can be severe and sometimes fatal. Boat accident injuries may include cuts and lacerations, internal organ damage and bleeding, broken bones, whiplash, spinal cord injuries, drowning, near drowning, and traumatic brain injuries. Boating laws and regulations are meant to protect people’s safety on the water and when someone else’s negligent conduct causes your injuries, you deserve a financial recovery.
Common factors and types of recreational boating accidents
Recreational water accidents can occur in any number of ways and some of the most common accident scenarios are described below:
- Driver inexperience and lack of training may lead to boat accidents.
- Not having a lookout in the boat who is watching for people and dangers in the water that the driver may not see.
- Bad weather may cause accidents, capsize, and falls overboard.
- Speeding is very dangerous in recreational boating as it gives drivers little time to react to emergency situations such as going too fast to avoid hitting someone that suddenly appears in the water.
- Drug or alcohol impaired boat operation.
- Grounding the boat by a striking reef of rocks.
- When a person in the water is struck by a boat or jet ski.
- Boat collisions with objects or other boats and jet skis.
Common factors and types of maritime industry accidents
The maritime industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in which to work and accidents are frequently debilitating or fatal. See below for some common types of maritime accidents:
- Burns and explosions due to flammable materials and fire related work such as welding.
- Slip, trip, and falls on deck or stairs due to cluttered walkways and slippery surfaces.
- Equipment defects causing injuries to equipment operators and nearby workers.
- Improper loading, unloading, and securing of cargo which can result in cargo falling on dock workers or shifting cargo leading to capsized boats.
- Crane and other equipment accidents caused by operator error, poor safety training and precautions, and defective equipment.
- Shipyard accidents due to a number of dangers including scaffolding, ladders, and flammable liquids.
- Vessel collisions with other vessels or fixed objects.
If you have sustained injuries in an offshore accident due to someone else’s fault, contact a Mercer County boat and maritime accident attorney with SMT Legal as soon as possible. There are laws that require certain types of boat accidents to be reported within 48 hours or 10 days of the accident, depending on the accident circumstances.