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Recreational Boating Victims

In addition to providing a means for maritime trade, the waters in and around Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington are also popular for recreational boating. Whether you prefer a powerboat, ski boat, fishing boat, sailboat, dinghy, or rowboat, the bays, canals, inlets, sounds, seas, and oceans of the Pacific Northwest and beyond are a playground of both still and wave-ridden waters.

Unfortunately, just as the maritime industry comes with risks, so does recreational boating – and operators of recreational boats don’t always take those risks into account. If you or a loved one suffered injury as a result of a recreational boating accident in the waters of Oregon, Washington, California, or Alaska, including the North Pacific, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Puget Sound, and the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska, an experienced Pacific Northwest maritime injury attorney at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC can help you build a case against the person or company responsible for your recreational boating injury.

Attorneys for Recreational Boating Victims in Oregon, Washington, California, and Alaska

While recreational boating is a fun pastime, it is also a risky venture in which the owner and/or operator of the vessel owe you a certain degree of care. If you or a loved one suffered injury because of a recreational boating accident anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and the waters of the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, North Pacific, Puget Sound, and Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska, contact the experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC with offices in Bellingham, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.

With a passion for maritime law based on their own maritime pursuits and decades of combined experience, the skilled lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC have what it takes to get you the compensation you need after your recreational boating accident. To find out what Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC can do for you or your loved one as a recreational boating accident victim, call 1 (800) 262-8529 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.


Causes of Recreational Boating Accidents

Federal maritime law in the United States says that both paying passengers of a recreational boat and invited, nonpaying passengers are owed the same reasonable duty of care under the circumstances. This means that no matter if you are on a friend’s speedboat or a pleasure cruise company’s sailboat, the owner and/or operator must give you a duty of care that is reasonable under the circumstances.

To give a reasonable duty of care means to exercise the same care a reasonably prudent person would under the same or similar circumstances in order to avoid injury. Failure to exercise this care is considered negligence. Examples of common causes of recreational boating accident that probably qualify as negligence include:

  • Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Traveling too close in proximity to another vessel
  • Distracted operation of boat
  • Boat driver inexperience
  • Reckless driving or careless operation of boat
  • Failure to follow Coast Guard rules of the waterway
  • Operation of boat in poor weather or water conditions
  • Missing or inadequate life jackets or other maritime safety equipment
  • Reckless operation of a jet ski
  • Unseaworthiness of boat or other vessel

Due to the various maritime laws, determining liability for negligence in a recreational boating accident can be a complicated legal matter, especially if it happened at sea. An experienced maritime injury attorney can sort through the details of your case and fight for the compensation you deserve as a recreational boating accident victim from the negligent person or company through the appropriate legal venue.


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Recoverable Damages for Recreational Boating Accident Victims

The damages you may recover as a recreational boating accident victim depend largely on the severity of your injury, the cause of your injury, whether you were contributorily negligent in causing your injury, and which state and federal boating and maritime laws apply to your case. For instance, if you or your loved one suffered injury in a recreational boating accident that occurred more than three nautical miles from shore, different laws and restrictions may apply than if the accident occurred within three nautical miles of shore.

Examples of the laws you, as a recreational boating accident victim, may qualify to recover under include state boating laws, the unseaworthiness doctrine, general maritime law, and the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA, for wrongful death). Contact an experienced maritime injury attorney if you are a recreational boating accident victim seeking compensation. You may be eligible for the following damages from a negligent boat owner or operator:

  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Medical expenses
  • Mental health care
  • Occupational retraining expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Wrongful death

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Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC | Maritime Injury Lawyer serving Washington, Alaska, California, and Oregon Recreational Boating Accident Victims

If you suffered injury in a recreational boating accident anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, or the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, North Pacific, and Puget Sound, contact the experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC with offices in Bellingham, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. They will use their decades of combined experience and passion for maritime pursuits to fight for the compensation you deserve. Your first consultation is free, so call 1 (800) 262-8529 today and schedule yours.


This article was last updated on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

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