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Why are boating accidents serious matters?

Many people enjoy taking a break from the intense summer heat by heading out on the water in a boat. Unfortunately, not all of these excursions end without a tragedy. This is the case when there is an accident on the water.

If you are involved in a boating accident, you might suffer from a serious injury. This might lead to you seeking compensation from the boater who caused the crash. Understanding a few points about these crashes is imperative if you were injured in a boating accident.

What might cause boating crashes?

Just as there are a host of causes for motor vehicle crashes, there are many causes of boating crashes. Drunk boaters are an especially troubling cause of these crashes because the accident could have been prevented by the person simply avoiding the consumption of alcohol. Distracted boating and failing to follow the rules of the water can also lead to crashes. In some instances, a crash might be caused by malfunctioning equipment. Another possibility for injuries on the water occurs if there is carbon monoxide leaking into the cabin of the boat.

Why are the injuries often serious?

One of the reasons why boating accidents can lead to serious injuries is that medical care isn't as quick to arrive as what is the case on the ground. You have to rely on a helicopter or boat to come in and render aid. Another reason why they are so serious is that the water is constantly moving. This makes it difficult to stabilize an injury. In the case of a spinal cord injury, this could be devastating. The water also presents a risk of drowning if the boat's occupants aren't wearing life preserving equipment at the time of the crash. When you think about how hard it would be to tread water with a broken limb, you can see why life jackets are so important.

What types of compensation might I seek?

You can seek compensation for the medical bills that you have to pay. You can also seek compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, missed wages and other similar damages. If an insurance company is covering any of the bills, make sure you take subrogation into account since the insurer can come after you to recoup money if your lawsuit is successful. You should also make sure that you think about what the injuries you suffered will cost you in the future and include those damages in your claim as well.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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