Getting into a boating accident can be a devastating experience. Every year, boating accidents cause serious injuries, property damage, and even untimely death. When an accident like this affects your life, it is crucial that you get the help of an experienced legal team for your medical bills, loss of income, and other financial losses.
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries because of a reckless boating accident, your first call should be to the Pennsylvania boating accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli. With offices throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, we are ready to help anyone who has been injured in this type of accident. Results matter at our law firm and our attorneys will work hard to make sure you get the compensation you need.
Boating Accident Injuries
Careless drivers and negligent actions are not limited to automobiles and trucks on the highways and roads throughout Pennsylvania. Negligent boating is also extremely dangerous and can lead to severe injuries and fatalities. Common boating accident injuries that occur in many of the state’s bodies of water may include but are not limited to:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Head, neck, or back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Cuts or lacerations
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Accident victims who have sustained any of these injuries may need to go to the emergency room, stay in the hospital, undergo surgery, receive treatments and therapies, and/or take costly medications.
Facts About Pennsylvania Boating Accidents
Pennsylvania typically ranks among the top U.S. states when it comes to boating-related injuries and deaths. According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, 96 vessels were reported to be involved in 69 accidents in 2017. This led to 51 injuries requiring medical treatment, nine more than there were in 2016. Recreational boating accidents also resulted in 14 fatalities in the Keystone State. These accidents resulted in $250,230 in property damage, also an increase from 2016.
However, these were the only accidents reported. There is a loophole in which accidents aren’t reported. Federal and state law requires that boating accidents involving death, disappearance, injuries requiring medical treatment beyond first aid, and property damage exceeding $2,000 be reported to the state. Accidents with minor property damage and/or minor injuries are not required to be reported.
How Our Pennsylvania Boating Accident Attorneys Can Help
After a boating accident, you or a loved one may face mounting medical bills, extensive property damage and lost income in the aftermath of the incident. A personal injury claim or lawsuit may help your family recover the compensation you deserve to move forward.
To do this, you will need to prove that the boating accident you were in was caused by someone else’s negligent and reckless actions. There are numerous ways to be injured in an accident, including:
- Distraction or inattention
- An improper lookout
- Excessive speed
- Alcohol use
If you can prove that a person who caused the accident acted in any of the negligent ways mentioned above, a personal injury attorney must be able to also prove that the victim was acting carefully too. Fortunately, our boat accident attorneys are adept at proving negligence in these types of cases.
Contact our Pennsylvania Boat Accident Lawyers Today
At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we have successfully litigated a number of cases where a boating accident has tragically affected the life of a victim or the victim’s loved ones. We understand how complex these accidents can be and are prepared to fight your claim both inside and outside the courtroom. We will make sure your voice is heard and justice is served.
Time is of the essence; don’t hesitate to contact our law firm a second longer. Contact our Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton boating accident lawyers now for a free consultation.