Dallas Boating Accident Attorneys

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.

Boating Accident Statistics

These numbers are taken from the United States Coast Guard.

  • In 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard tallied over 4,000 boating accidents in the United States.
  • Boating accidents in the U.S. resulted in 626 deaths, over 2,600 injuries and over $40 million worth of property damage.
  • Over three-quarters of boating fatalities drowned, when the cause of death was known.
  • 85 percent of those drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.
  • Over 70 percent of boating fatalities occurred on boats operated by someone who did not receive boating safety instruction.

What Can We Learn from These Statistics?

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.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

There are many reasons that a boating accident may occur; however, it is most frequently due to human error. This includes:

  • Operator Alcohol Impairment
  • Operator Distraction
  • Operator Inexperience
  • Operator Inattention
  • Excessive Speed
  • Reckless Boat Operation
  • Boat or Machinery Failure.

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.

texas-injury-attorneysIf 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.

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