With Corpus Christi sitting directly on the Gulf of Mexico, boating is an extremely popular recreational activity. Without the proper training and safeguards, however, a pleasurable day boating with friends and family can take a deadly turn if an accident occurs. If you were injured in a boat accident, you need an experienced boat accident attorney by your side.
At Ben Bronston & Associates, we help boating accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries. We are well versed in the boat safety laws and watercraft protocol in Texas and are committed to keeping the state’s waterways safe. Our law office helps boating accident victims in Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Victoria, Kleberg County, Nueces County, San Patricio County, and throughout Texas.
While poor weather conditions can make boating hazardous, accidents can even occur on a clear day, often for the following reasons:
Some of the common injuries arising from boating accidents include head injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, severed limbs, blunt force trauma, and whiplash. Moreover, many boat accident victims die as a result of drowning.
Boating in the state is regulated by Texas Water Safety Act which consists of laws and rules regarding boat registration, operator regulations and safety equipment requirements. Generally, boat owners and operators are responsible for ensuring that passengers are safe at all times. Further, vessels must be operated safely and reasonable care must be taken not to cause injury to passengers and other boaters. A boat owner who fails to meet this obligation can be held liable.
In particular, anyone born on or after September 1, 1993 who wishes to operate certain vessels on the public waterways is required to take a Boater Education Certification Course. In addition, boat owners are required to provide passengers with a personal wearable flotation device (a safety jacket).
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, about 85 percent of fatalities occur because a victim was not wearing a life jacket, and over 70 percent of boating fatalities occurred on boats operated by someone who did not receive boating safety instruction.
Depending on the size and type of craft, other safety equipment, such as throw-able rings, navigational lights, flares and fire extinguishers must also be on board. If injuries in an accident are made worse because of inadequate safety equipment, the boat owner or operator may be found negligent.
The boating accident lawyers of Ben Bronston & Associates fight for the rights of boat accident victims. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of a boat owner or operator, you may be able to recover damages for medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering. In order to have a valid claim there a number of steps you need to take and you must act quickly. Our law office helps boating accident victims in Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Victoria, Kleberg County, Nueces County, San Patricio County, and throughout Texas.