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In New Hampshire, the seaside and varying lakes make for excellent boating and watercraft activities. At the same time, while boating and other recreational activities may be fun to enjoy when the weather permits, boat crashes and accidents remain a risk. Many factors can contribute to the causes of these accidents and the kinds of situations that lead to watercraft accidents.

The 2020 US Coast Guard reports showed the most common types of accidents are collisions with recreational vessels, flooding or swamping, collision with a fixed object, grounding, and falls overboard. Depending on the severity of an accident, the injuries an individual may sustain vary. At Kenison Law Office, our expert personal injury lawyer understands there is uniqueness in every boating accident. Our legal team listens to your experience and works aggressively to help you recover the compensation you may be eligible for due to the injuries you sustained following another’s negligent acts.

What Are the Common Causes of Boating Accidents?

Several factors may contribute to boat collisions and any watercraft accident. Depending on the nature of a boating accident, there are different aspects to consider. The weather, a boat operator’s experience, and other factors may contribute to the risk of injury or severe damage in the case of an accident in the water.

Common causes of boating crashes include:

  • Boat operator/driver inexperience
  • Excessive speeding
  • Alcohol intoxication while operating a boat
  • Improper navigation or lookout
  • Bad weather and low visibility
  • Machinery failure
  • Faulty boating equipment
  • Boating fire
  • Collision with other watercraft

Boating activities are generally safe when the weather doesn’t create hazardous wind and water conditions. If a boat is taken out into the water under unsafe conditions, there is an increased risk of a fatal accident or severe collision. Also, alcohol intoxication while operating a water vessel in New Hampshire is prohibited, and any party responsible for an alcohol-related boating accident may face a lawsuit. Speaking with an attorney who can evaluate your case and gather any evidence related to your boat accident may be what you need to build a solid case for your injury claim.

Who May Be Liable for a Watercraft Accident?

People may operate and use boats for various reasons, whether recreationally or for business. Multiple parties may be held liable for a boat crash, depending on the nature of your boating accident and the circumstances surrounding negligence. A boat operator, repair company, parts manufacturer, and other familiar parties may have liability in the crash or collision that injured people or led to fatalities. At Kenison Law Office, our lawyer understands boat accidents and the necessary components to review and gather evidence for your case.

Minor and Long-Term Injuries May Be Sustained During a Boat Accident

Boating accidents may result in short- and long-term injuries depending on boat size, speed, type of collision, impact, and whether the injured passengers went overboard in the accident. Unfortunately, watercraft injuries may also include irreversible damage such as paralysis and traumatic brain injury. Water vessel collisions are unlike other accidents because individuals may be at risk of being thrown overboard or are exposed to direct bodily harm during an impact.

Short-Term Injuries

Short-term injuries may not require a lengthy recovery for an individual to have a chance to regain their well-being sooner. Whiplash, soft-tissue injuries, minor lacerations or burns, and minor muscle or bone injury are some examples of short-term injuries. Though a boating collision may be minor, this does not guarantee an individual is free of serious injury. With a medical evaluation after a boat crash, you can ensure that you have been appropriately examined and that your minor or short-term injuries are being treated. Avoiding treatment of any short-term injuries may lead to long-term effects or complications.

Long-Term Injuries

Unlike most minor injuries, long-term injuries are so severe and complex that they require immediate medical attention and treatment. The recovery period and effects for these injuries are often lengthier or last a lifetime in the case of irreversible damage. Brain and spinal cord injury, drowning, organ damage, paralysis, extremity amputation, and other long-term physical injuries may result from accidents.

Should I File a Personal Injury Claim and Pursue Compensation?

If you have suffered severe injury or losses due to another person’s negligent acts causing a boat accident, it is worth your time to speak with an injury attorney. The losses and direct impact that boat collisions cause may surpass any financial hardships and monetary losses following a serious injury.

Types of compensation recovery after a boating accident may include:

  • Non-economic damages: Any emotional damage, pain, and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, or other types of non-monetary loss may be pursued and compensated.
  • Economic damages: Loss of wages, employment, current or future medical expenses, and other monetary damages may be retrieved through compensation in a settlement.

We understand that every case is different, and some clients hesitate to file an injury claim after a boating day goes wrong for fear of taking legal action against friends or family members. However, insurance companies and boater’s insurance may be able to cover the damage and losses you are owed when another party is negligent. If a business, other boat drivers, or another water vessel owner contributed to negligence in an injury case, our legal team may gather the evidence and research the necessary information to pursue compensation.

Kenison Law Office May Provide You Legal Support to Retrieve Compensation After an Accident

Boating activities are a fun and exciting way to spend your time, but accidents may occur if an individual is negligent when driving, repairing, or maintaining the watercraft. Depending on your case, varying negligent actions may contribute to a boat collision. A skilled attorney may be able to track down the pertinent evidence that may reach a settlement or lawsuit.

Attorney John B. Kenison Jr. is an experienced lawyer that may pursue the total cost of non-economic and economic damages in your case. You don’t have to face the complexity of an injury claim on your own. Seek the legal counsel and support you need to ease your experience in pursuing the costs of damages that you are eligible to retrieve. Complete our contact form or give us a call at (603) 945-7142 to schedule a free consultation at Kenison Law Office.

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