In addition to providing a means for maritime trade, the waters in and around Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington are also popular for recreational boating. Whether you prefer a powerboat, ski boat, fishing boat, sailboat, or just a 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 that into account. If you or a loved one have become a recreational boating victim in the waters of Oregon, Washington, 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 can help you build a case against the person or company responsible for your recreational boating injury.
While recreational boating is a fun pastime, it is also a risky venture in which the owner and/or operator of the vessel owes you a certain degree of care. If you or a loved one are a recreational boating victim due to an accident anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, 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 in Bellingham, Seattle, and Portland.
With a passion for maritime injury law based on their own maritime pursuits and decades of combined experience, the skilled lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski have what it takes to get you the compensation you need after your recreational boating accident. To find out what Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski can do for you or your loved one as a recreational boating 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 high duty of reasonable care. 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 recreational boating accident causes that probably qualify as negligence include:
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 Seattle maritime injury attorney can sort through the details of your case and fight for the compensation you deserve as a recreational boating victim from the negligent person or company through the appropriate legal venue.
Recoverable Damages for Recreational Boating Victims
What damages you can recover as a recreational boating victim depends largely on the severity of the injury, the cause of the injury, whether you contributed any negligence to the cause of injury, and what state and federal boating and maritime laws apply to your case. For instance, becoming a if you or your loved one became a recreational boating victim 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 may qualify to recover under as a recreational boating victim 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 Portland maritime injury attorney if you are a recreational boating victim wishing to seek the following damages from a negligent boat owner or operator:
Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski | Maritime Injury Lawyer for Washington and Oregon Recreational Boating Victims
If you have become a recreational boating victim anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, North Pacific, and Puget Sound, contact the experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski in Seattle, Portland, and Bellingham. 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.
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