Springfield, Missouri Boat Accident Lawyer
With 69 major lakes and countless rivers, boating is one of Missourians’ favorite pastimes. Unfortunately, every year many too many people are injured and killed in needless boating accidents.
Did You Know …
The US Coast Guard reports that approximately 88 percent of those who drown in boating accidents are not wearing a life jacket.
The main contributing causes of boating accidents:
- Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs—the leading factor in 16% of boating deaths
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
Most of these reasons come down to one thing—operator negligence. People are considered negligent if they do not act in a manner reasonable and appropriate to the circumstances, such as following Missouri’s safety rules and right of way rules for boating. If someone is injured in a boating accident due to the negligence of the driver or anyone else, they may have a personal injury claim.
The person who is responsible for a Missouri boating accident may be liable for the accident victims’ medical expenses, property damage and other damages. If the accident occurred while the boater was under the influence or operated their vehicle recklessly, there may
be criminal charges brought against him/her as well. If someone died as a result of their negligence, they may be liable for a wrongful death suit .
Alcohol use has been implicated as contributing to the deaths of 126 boaters and the injuries of 293 boaters in 2010. Boating under the influence is illegal in the state of Missouri, as it is in all fifty states. According to the United States Coast Guard, boat operators with a blood alcohol concentration above .10 are over 10 times more likely to be killed in a boating accident than those who were not drinking.
More information about Missouri’s boating laws and safety regulations:
Contact the Springfield Missouri boat accident lawyers at Aaron Sachs if you have been injured in any of these kinds of boating accidents, due to the negligence of someone else:
- Boats capsizing or sinking
- People falling overboard
- Jet ski accidents
- Water ski accidents
Find Out How We Can Help You—At No Cost
We offer a free initial consultation about your Missouri boat accident claim. There is no pressure or obligation. Call Toll Free at 1-888-777-2886. contact us online or use our convenient “Do I Have a Case?” form .