Cleveland Boat Accident Lawyer
Personal Injury Attorneys for Boating Accident Injury Victims in Cleveland, OH and Surrounding Areas
A favorite pastime of many Ohioans is taking their boat out for some outdoor fun in the sun, whether that’s on Lake Erie, the West Branch Reservoir, the Ohio River – you name it! Ohio certainly has its fair share of bodies of water to enjoy. Unfortunately, not every boat trip has a safe conclusion. According to the latest statistics provided by the United States Coast Guard, approximately 4,439 recreational boating accidents occurred in the United States in 2021, resulting in 2,641 injuries, 658 deaths, and approximately $67.5 million dollars in property damage.
If you or someone you love sustained a serious injury on the water due to the fault of another, you are entitled to seek compensation through a boat accident injury claim. Contact the experienced Cleveland boating accident attorneys at Joseph Law Group by calling (216) 522-1600 today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal rights and options.
What Causes Most Boat Collisions?
Boat crashes can lead to absolutely devastating consequences, including serious, permanent injury or even death. Most recreational boating accidents are a result of collisions; whether that’s a boat-on-boat collision, boat-on-person collision, or a boat colliding with submerged objects or other types of property (dock, pier, bridge, etc.). Some of the most common causes of these kinds of collisions include:
Boat Operator Inattention
Boat operators have a duty to those on their vessel as well as others in the water to operate the boat safely and in accordance with all boating laws and regulations. This includes paying attention to the path in front of and all around them, as well as paying attention to the safety and wellbeing of others who may be aboard the boat.
Operating Under the Influence
Bodies of water have laws in place just like roadways, meaning operating a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited. Unfortunately, many people disregard these laws and decide to drive a boat while impaired, often leading to disastrous results.
Perhaps one of the most common causes of boating accidents is due to excessive speeding. According to Ohio’s boating laws, no person should operate a boat “at a rate of speed or in a manner so as to endanger any person, vessel, or property.” Failure to do so can result in accidents such as passengers or boat equipment being thrown off into the water, the operator losing control of the boat, and/or the inability to stop or avoid collisions, to name a few.
Reckless Operation by Other Boaters
Just as it is important that your own boat operator obeys boating laws and ensures safe boating practices, other boaters on the water owe the same duty of care. Negligent operation of a boat, including speeding, jumping waves, driving too close to other boaters, and other acts of negligence can lead to a devastating maritime accident.
Just like cars, boats are complex pieces of machinery that require regular maintenance to remain working in prime condition. Failure to do so could lead to an integral part of the boat’s operation malfunctioning. In other cases, the boat may have been defective to begin with due to poor design or construction.
Hazardous conditions can refer to anything from poor weather to rough, bumpy water or even improper loading/overcrowding on a boat. When boat operators, owners, and passengers do not obey boating laws and safety regulations, serious and catastrophic injuries may occur.
Common Boating Injuries
Boat accidents can be extremely traumatic for anyone involved, often leading to severe injuries and years of necessary medical care. Some of the more common types of boating-related injuries we see include:
- Bruises and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Amputation of body parts
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
Do I Have a Boating Accident Lawsuit?
If you are involved in a boating accident and suffered injuries as a result, you can (and should) file an insurance claim against the negligent party, whether that’s the boat operator, owner, or even manufacturer. Unfortunately, the negligent party’s insurance company will more than likely lowball your settlement offer or even potentially deny liability on their client’s behalf. That is why it is incredibly important that you obtain the help of an experienced Cleveland personal injury attorney for your boating accident case.
When you equip the help of a legal team like the Joseph Law Group for your claim, your attorney will ensure the appropriate party (or multiple parties) is held liable for the injuries you sustained and their resulting damages, including medical bills, lost income, and more. If a settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, we are prepared to file a lawsuit against the responsible party, take the legal battle to trial, and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.
Damages We Can Recover on Your Behalf
When you or someone you love suffers injuries from the negligence of another in a Cleveland boat accident, our experienced boat accident lawyers at Joseph Law Group will fight to make sure you recover every penny you deserve. The financial damages you may be entitled to can include (but are not limited to):
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Lost Earning Capacity
- Property Damage
- Pain and Suffering
- And More
In cases of fatal boating accidents, a Cleveland wrongful death lawyer from our firm is prepared to help guide grieving family members through the process of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.
Call for a Free Consultation With a Cleveland Boat Accident Attorney at Joseph Law Group Today
If a boating incident caused by another’s negligence left you or someone you love with serious injuries, you have legal options available. Our Ohio personal injury lawyers at Joseph Law Group have handled several claims involving Cleveland boating accidents and injuries, and we can handle yours too. We are prepared to initiate a thorough investigation into the case, gather evidence against the negligent party, and help guide you through the legal process, all while fighting for maximum compensation for you and your family.
For a free initial consultation with one of our dedicated Cleveland boat accident attorneys here at Joseph Law Group, give us a call at (216) 522-1600 or complete our online intake form to get started today.
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The insurance industry is built on the avoidance of making any payments on claims. They see claims as liabilities, and initially deny, defend, and delay a claim to limit that liability and save money for the company. Ultimately, it is the job of the attorneys at Joseph Law Group to advocate on behalf of our clients and to give the insurance companies and adjusters enough reason to pay an amount of money that is fair under all circumstances. When you hire Joseph Law Group to represent your claim, you are getting a full-service team of dedicated attorneys and paralegals who will be committed to pursuing the best outcome for you from day one until trial.