For sightseers in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, New York, and Connecticut tour boats are an exciting way to experience the state’s beautiful waterways. What many tourists don’t realize is that once they enter the boat, they place their safety in the hands of the business and staff that operates the tour boat. There are several risks that come with touring by boat, but unfortunately, several tour boat operators are not prepared for them.  Negligence on behalf of the operator, boat designer, manufacturer, or seamen could result in a passenger sustaining serious injuries.

At BOATLAW, LLP, our experienced admiralty and maritime attorneys have handled a wide variety of maritime and boating injury claims including tour boat accidents for over 40 years. We understand how stressful it may be as a tour boat passenger to face severe injuries. Call BOATLAW, LLP today to schedule a free consultation.

Tour Boat Passengers Attorney in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, New York, and Connecticut

Tour boat accidents occur more often than not due to the negligence of the boat’s operator. If you or a loved one have been injured while riding a boat, then you need an advocate on your side who has the experience to represent you. Since 1977, our admiralty and maritime lawyers at BOATLAW, LLP have worked hard on behalf of tour boat passengers injured at sea.

We have successfully obtained maximum compensation for our clients in courts coast-to-coast throughout the states we serve. Call us today at 1-800-262-8529 to schedule a free consultation. We will help you fight for the justice you deserve.

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Types of Tour Boat Accidents

Tour boating is a common pastime for residents and visitors alike in Washington, Oregon, California, New York, Alaska and Connecticut. Unfortunately, there are several dangers that may arise due to the negligence of the boat operator, staff, or manufacturing flaws found in the boat itself. The following are examples of accidents that commonly occur onboard a tour boat:

  • Individuals falling in or overboard a vessel
  • Collision with another boat or object
  • Carbon monoxide exposure
  • Vessel grounding, capsizing, or sinking
  • Fire or explosions
  • Tour boat passenger struck by a vessel or steering machinery
  • Electrocution due to stray current related to a vessel
  • Other slips, trips, and falls on decks and stairs

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Types of Tour Boat Injuries

California, Washington, New York, Oregon and Alaska have several tour boat companies, all of which provide locals and tourists with a great opportunity to sightsee. Tour boats are a booming industry, and each boat operator has a duty of care to ensure the safety of their passengers.

  • Traumatic brain Injuries: Operating a vessel at a safe speed ensures all tour boat passengers have the necessary time to react to dangers. Most waterways at sea in the North Pacific, Bering Sea, or Gulf of Alaska contain speed limits. Driving a tour boat at an excessive speed can result in collisions with boats and other damages resulting in traumatic brain injuries.
  • Slip and falls: Slip and falls and trip and falls often result from improper lookout which is another factor that contributes to tour boat accidents. Boat operators may often fail to watch out for hazards.
  • Wrongful death: Wrongful death can often result from inattention, which is due to distractions onboard a boat. Individuals who operate tour boats are required to remain attentive to weather conditions, the vessel, and their passengers to watch out for warning signs of hazards.

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Recoverable Damages for Tour Boat Passengers

Tour boat passengers may qualify for compensation under state boating laws, unseaworthiness, general maritime law, and the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA, for wrongful death). Compensation depends significantly on the severity of the person’s injury and the cause. A person may be eligible to receive 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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Additional Resources for Tour Boat Passengers

Lady Katherine Cruises

26 Channelside Dr,

Old Saybrook, Connecticut, 06475

(866) 867-4837

Argosy Cruises – Seattle Waterfront

1101 Alaskan Way

Pier 55, Suite 201

Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 623-1445

San Juan Safaris

10 Front St,

Ste 102 Friday Harbor, WA 98250

(360) 378-1323

Williamette Jetboat Excursions

1945 SE Water Avenue

Portland, OR 97214-3354


Portland Spirit Cruises

110 SE Caruthers Street

Portland, OR 97214-4513

(503) 224-3900

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Tour Boat Accident Lawyers in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, New York, and Connecticut

Experiencing an accident while touring can be extremely stressful. If you or a loved one have sustained an accident while riding a tour boat, the experienced maritime lawyers at BOATLAW, LLP can represent you. We invest our time and resources to fight for the justice you deserve.

BOATLAW, LLP has cultivated a niche practice in admiralty and maritime law and understand how to use the law to their advantage. We also hold a strong record of success fighting for tour boat passengers in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, New York, and Connecticut. Contact us at 1-800-262-8529 for more information on how one of our attorneys can assist you.

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