Undoubtedly, you saw the story of the duck boat that sank and killed 17 people during a storm in Missouri in July. The tragic news captured the nation’s attention, especially when it came to the safety, or lack thereof, of the boat’s operators. It seems that they may have violated multiple regulations that day.
Now, the companies that operated the boat are saying that they own no money to the victims’ family members. They are citing a law from 1851.
While we will have to wait for a while for closure in that case, we want to point out that Pennsylvania also has a checkered past when it comes to duck boat safety. There have been multiple cases of duck boat accidents in the state, involving incidents on both land and in the water.
Here is the thing – there are many other boat companies offering tours and water sports options to people all around Pittsburgh. Do you know what to do if you are injured due to the negligence of a boat operator or company?
When you need a Pittsburgh boating accident attorney, you can count on the SMA Law Group to be by your side, fighting to make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
What Can Happen?
Boating and water sports companies have a responsibility to ensure their patrons’ safety. They must follow all laws and regulations regarding operation. Boating accidents are more common than many people realize. According to the Coast Guard, common accidents include:
- Collisions with other water vehicles
- Collisions with fixed objects
- Flooding or swamping of the boat
- Falls overboard
As a result of these accidents, we commonly see drownings, major traumas, cardiac arrest, hypothermia, and carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Coast Guard also highlights some of the main contributing factors of boating accidents and they include:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Machinery failure
- Alcohol abuse
- Excessive speed
- Navigation rules violation
- Ignoring hazardous weather
Many boating accidents are preventable. Unfortunately, they are often caused due to an owner or operator’s negligence. Boat owners should always ensure their crafts are regularly inspected and maintained and a boat should never be operated by someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol or distracted by their phones or other devices.
What You Can Do
If you or a loved one have been injured in a boating accident and it was due to someone else’s negligence, you should seek legal assistance immediately. Boating accidents can be scary and leave people with devastating injuries. The last thing you need to be worried about is how you will cover all of your expenses. At the SMA Law Group, we will work to secure compensation for the following:
- Your medical expenses
- Lost income if you have to miss work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages