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North Texas is an excellent location for boaters.
With a warm climate and many lakes within a short drive of Dallas, boating provides a great recreational activity for many Texans who love taking to the water. From Lake Texoma to Lewisville Lake, boaters in Texas have so many options to get out on the open waters.
However, like most great outdoor activities, boating comes with many inherent risks. Boating accidents can lead to severe injuries or death, especially if a boat operator is negligent in their behavior. The boating accident attorneys at Guajardo & Marks represent clients who have been the victims of a boat operator’s negligence and have suffered severe injuries as a result. Let’s take a look at a few things that all boaters should know.
These numbers are taken from the United States Coast Guard.
First, it is imperative that all passengers and operators of boating vessels be equipped with life jackets that are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Every boat should have at least one U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket per passenger, and passengers should wear these life jackets at all times.
The other lesson that we can learn from these boating accident statistics is the need for safety training on the part of the boat’s operator. The better and more extensive the training, the safer everyone on a vessel will be. In 2015, only 15 percent of boating fatalities occurred on boats with operators who had received a nationally approved boating safety certificate.
There are many reasons that a boating accident may occur; however, it is most frequently due to human error. This includes:
In most cases, it is the fault of a boat’s operator that causes boating injuries and fatalities. In some cases, it might be the fault of a boat’s manufacturer or the manufacturer of a faulty boat part. When negligence or faulty products caused a person’s injuries or death, victims and survivors can pursue justice in the form of personal injury or wrongful death claims. These claims can help victims cope with the steep financial ramifications that occur due to their injuries and losses.
If you or a loved one has been the victim in a boating accident, the Dallas boating accident attorneys at Guajardo & Marks are here to help. We will work hard to make sure that you don’t have to pay the price for the negligence of a boat operator or manufacturer. Contact us today for a free consultation. We earn no fee unless we win.