Boat Accident Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
In 2011, more than 4600 boating accidents occurred in the United States resulting in 758 deaths. The accidents involved open motorboats, duck boats, tour boats, personal watercraft, cabin motorboats, canoes, kayaks, pontoons and other types of boats. The top five boating accidents in 2011 were:
- Collision with Recreational Vessel;
- Collision with Fixed Object;
- Skier Mishap;
- Falls Overboard.
- The reasons for boating accidents are numerous and include:
- Alcohol Use
- Drug Use
- Excessive Speed
- Failure to Ventilate
- Improper Lookout
- Inadequate On-board Navigation Lights
- Operator Inattention
- Operator Inexperience
- Restricted Vision
- Rules of the Road Infraction
- Sharp Turn
- Starting in Gear
- Loading of Passengers or Gear Improper Anchoring
- Improper Loading/Weight Distribution
- People on Gunwale, Bow or Transom
- Failure of Boat or Boat Equipment/Equipment Failure
- Hull Failure
- Machinery Failure
- Environment Congested Waters
- Force of Wave/Wake
- Hazardous Waters
- Missing or Inadequate Navigation Aids
- Miscellaneous Ignition of Spilled Fuel or Vapor
- Carbon Monoxide
- Sudden Medical Condition
- Engine failure
- Negligent maintenance
- Fuel tank explosion
- Defective hull
- Instrument failure
- Defective parts
- Improper storage of equipment
- Careless or reckless boating
- Distracted boaters
- Equipment failure
- Poor/inexistent signage and markers
While many people turn to watercraft such as privately owned vessels, commercial boats, and other watercraft in order to transport goods or order to enjoy some time on the water, boating accidents can make excursions out to lakes, rivers or oceans deadly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident or if you have lost a loved one in a boating collision, contact the Lassen Law Firm, Pennsylvania boating accident lawyers. We have successfully represented survivors and victims' families and have helped them recover high monetary awards for their losses.
Most boating accidents are entirely preventable. Many collisions and crashes involving personal watercraft and other vessels are caused by negligence, intoxication, equipment failure, inadequate training, or inexperience and errors of the person operating the vessel. Under Pennsylvania law, boating operators and owners must exercise a great deal of responsibility and care in order to insure that passengers, swimmers and other operators are not injured killed or hurt. If you have been injured or if you lost a loved one due to boating collision or an accident, call our experienced and qualified Pennsylvania boating accident attorneys today. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm will help you understand your legal options can discuss your specific case, so that you know what to expect. The Lassen Law Firm works with insurance companies to help clients reach high settlements and recover full and fair compensation.
Personal Injury Lawyer Pennsylvania
Boating accident lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm assist victims of accidents and maximize their compensation. Boating accidents can happen on any river or lake, or an injury may occur while even a smaller body of water, or while aboard a ship in the ocean. The Lassen Law Firm can retain the proper experts and investigators to determine the cause of the crash. While the Unites Stated Coast Guard or local law enforcement agency may conducts investigations of a boating accident, a lawyer handling a boating accident case may want to conduct an independent investigation to determine all possible causes of the injuries and all responsible parties, including manufacturers, suppliers, and third parties. It may be necessary for our attorneys at Lassen Law Firm to obtain a court order to preserve evidence and retain independent experts to determine the cause of the accident.
Passengers of commercial ships and vessels should know their legal rights. First of all, they should know that the common carrier owes them a high degree of care. A commercial carrier's failure to provide passengers with the high degree of care may subject the boating company to liability due to their negligence. The boating company also owes its passengers a duty to maintain the vessel in good working order. This means that the commercial carrier must conduct regular inspections of the vessel and ensure that no defective equipment is used. In addition, it is a boating company's responsibility to properly train and supervise its employees.
The Pennsylvania watercraft accident lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm are experienced in handling complex serious injuries such as boating accidents. If you have lost a loved one or have been injured as a result of a boat-related accident, whether it may be in a small vessel or cruise ship, contact an experienced attorney to schedule a free consultation. At the Lassen Law Firm, we have helped many victims recover compensation for boating accidents occurring on Delaware River, Schuylkill River, Potomac River, the Chesapeake Bay, Lehigh River, Susquehanna River, Allegheny River, and other waterways.
Pennsylvania Boat Crash Lawyers / PA Boating Accident Injury Attorneys
Our attorneys at the Lassen Law Firm have built a reputation for handling catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. The Lassen Law Firm assist clients in the areas of private watercraft accidents, cruise ship accidents and various boat crash accidents. At the Lassen Law Firm, our lawyers are equipped with the legal tools to help you win your case. We have access to the most highly trained experts in fields such as medicine, engineering and economics to ensure that all of our cases are meticulously prepared. That insures that we offer our personal injury clients forceful and effective legal representation, and our messages reach opposing attorneys, insurance adjusters, judges, and ultimately, jurors.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a 29% contingency fee, not the standard 45% like other firms. We serve ALL of Pennsylvania. We can sign you up over the phone and start working on your case today.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen