For many Americans, boating is a popular and leisurely activity that people look forward to all year-especially this year as many are eager to meet up with friends and loved ones. While pleasure boating is fun for all ages, these seemingly relaxing activities can quickly turn dangerous. Washington D.C. boating accidents can result in serious injuries to individuals on board, in the water, or near docks. Those who embark on the water this summer should understand the real risks associated with these activities.
The U.S. Coast Guard released its recent reports on boating fatalities in the United States. The report revealed that boating accidents increased over 26%, and non-fatal injury victims increased nearly 25%. Further, the number of boating fatalities increased 25.1% from 2019 to 2020. While access to many activities was limited over the past year, recreational boating significantly increased. Researchers discovered this increase by examining boat sales, boat insurance policies, injury claims, and towing assistance calls. Understandably the increase in boaters, especially novice boaters, has led to more exposure to dangerous situations.
Boating in Washington D.C. requires the experience of those who can skillfully and safely handle these vessels. When a boat operator fails to engage in the safe operation of their boats, operate their boats while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or fail to maintain their boats in safe working order, accidents are inevitable. The report indicates that the most common vessels involved in fatal accidents included open motorboats, personal watercrafts such as jet skis, and cabin motorboats.
The leading causes of boating accidents involve inadequate operator training, operator negligence, intoxication, poorly maintained boats or safety components, faulty boat parts, and obstructions. After an accident, injury victims or their representatives should abide by protocols to maintain their right to recovery. Some common steps include reporting the incident to the Coast Guard or law enforcement, obtaining eyewitness testimony, receiving medical treatment, requesting the relevant records, photographs of the scene or vessel, and obtaining insurance documents.
Victims may be entitled to compensation after a D.C. personal watercraft collision, pontoon boat accident, motorboat accident, or other vessel collision. Compensation in these cases includes payments for medical bills, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and more. Further, cases involving fatalities may result in a wrongful death claim. Damages in a wrongful death claim may include funeral and burial expenses.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Washington D.C. Boating Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered severe injuries or died in a Washington D.C. boating accident, contact Lebowitz & Mzhen. The personal injury lawyers at our office provide excellent representation to accident victims and their families. In addition to boating accidents, our firm handles accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, premises liability, defective products, and medical negligence. We take pride in advocating for our clients and ensuring that they obtain the best possible outcome of their claims. Contact our office at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.