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Boating Accidents

At Tennessee Injury Attorneys, we help individuals and families in Tennessee when they have been injured in boating accidents caused by someone else’s negligence.

Have You Been Injured in a Boating Accident in Tennessee?

Many Tennesseeans love spending time out on the water, but inherent risks too often lead to tragic accidents and injuries when individuals, friends, and families enjoy an escape from their responsibilities. Boating can be unpredictable; assorted distractions can arise at any given time that may prevent someone from attending to their responsibilities for the safety of others on the water. This carelessness too often leads to boating accidents and injuries. If you have experienced these unfortunate circumstances, you need the help of an experienced Tennessee boating accident attorney.

Boating accidents in Tennessee are prevalent, with the state ranking 10th in the U.S. for boating fatalities as of 2023. Some months have significantly higher rates of boating accidents. Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, which mark the unofficial start and end of the summer season, are periods of increased boating activity and, consequently, heightened accident risk.

When these events occur, quickly seeking guidance from an experienced boating accident lawyer is crucial to navigate the steps and legalities you must address in the aftermath. Whether or not you properly address these steps can have significant and long-lasting implications for your future.

Contact Tennessee Injury Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation if you or a loved one have been involved in a boating accident in Tennessee. Our experienced boating accident attorneys can assess the details of your case and guide you through the next steps in a plan to seek appropriate compensation for the harms and losses you have suffered due to the carelessness of someone else on the water in Tennessee.

Types of Boating Accidents in Tennessee

You can anticipate and avoid many types of dangerous boating mistakes. Boating accidents may involve any of several elements, which may include the following:

  • collisions with other vessels or objects
  • jet ski accidents involving one or more people
  • unfortunate events while docking at marinas
  • boat fires and explosions
  • fishing accidents
  • slip and fall incidents aboard boats
  • overboard occupant(s)
  • carbon monoxide or other dangerous gasses
  • accidents involving impairment by alcohol or drugs

Your boating accident attorneys will discuss the different elements relevant to your type of boating accident during your free consultation.

Common Injuries in Boating Accidents

Boating accidents in Tennessee can lead to a variety of injuries, some more common than others. Below are some frequently-reported injuries associated with boating accidents:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): These injuries often occur when boaters are thrown from their vessels or hit their heads during a collision. TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Accidents can cause damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal, often leading to permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions below the site of the injury.
  • Broken Bones: High-speed collisions, falls on the boat, and other accidents can lead to fractures in various parts of the body.
  • Drowning: Unfortunately, drowning is a common cause of death in boating accidents, particularly when individuals are not wearing life jackets.
  • Electrocution: This can occur if the boat’s electrical system malfunctions or if the boat comes into contact with overhead power lines.
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Boaters can be exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, particularly on boats with specific exhaust pipe configurations or those with enclosed accommodation spaces.
  • Cuts, Lacerations, and Abrasions: These can occur from broken glass, sharp metal edges following a collision, or propeller accidents.

Your boating accident lawyer will guide you to seek appropriate medical treatment and documentation regarding all serious injuries to support your boating accident claim. Our legal team will help you seek appropriate compensation for medical bills and therapy in both the short term and the long term, as applicable to your circumstances.

Causes and Contributing Factors in Boating Accidents

Individuals who cause boating accidents often lack sufficient boat safety training. Boat safety courses make a significant difference in how responsible boaters prepare, behave, and react on the water. We encourage anyone who engages in or plans to engage in boating activities to pursue and distribute boating education materials. For example, you should always have a fitting life jacket for everyone on board. Taking preventive steps and investing in proper safety equipment can mitigate many serious accidents associated with reckless operation of a vessel.

The chief causes of accidents usually stem from operator neglect, including inattentiveness, inexperience, excessive speed, mechanical malfunctions that may have been preventable with proper maintenance, risks or responses involving adverse weather, and navigational errors. Again, many of these boating injuries are preventable by taking responsible precautions and by focusing on operating vehicles safely in relation to other boaters in the vicinity.

Alcohol and drug use are contributing factors in many Tennessee boating accidents and fatalities. In response, Tennessee officials have launched initiatives like ‘Operation Dry Water’ to promote boater safety and discourage impaired boating. Nevertheless, boating accidents involving alcohol and drug intoxication in Tennessee continue to lead to severe injuries and fatalities.

Our boating accident attorneys can help you assess the extent to which you or other parties may have contributed to an accident. Tennessee is a comparative fault state, so the extent of your fault can limit the compensation you can seek. Federal admiralty law likewise uses comparative negligence tort theory for boating accidents. Our experienced legal team will address the unique details of your case during your consultation.

What To Do After a Boating Accident

If you or a loved one happen to be involved in a boating mishap, reaching out to a boating accident lawyer is crucial. This consultation will help you consider all available choices in light of fleeting evidence and pressing deadlines that can affect your option to file a lawsuit and seek appropriate damages.

Maritime law (also known as admiralty law) can be intricate, as some cases require litigation in federal admiralty court instead of state court. Your chosen attorney must possess the necessary knowledge and experience to evaluate your case accurately and advocate for your interests. At Tennessee Injury Attorneys, we draw upon our own experiences on the water and the previous boating cases we have handled for many clients.

Following a boating accident, take immediate and precise steps.

  • First, seek medical attention for a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of any injuries due to the incident.
  • Keep thorough medical records, including any time missed from work or household duties.
  • Document all property damage through detailed photographs, and gather repair estimates for your boat or any damaged property. Depending on your insurance policy, you may have the option to repair your boat with your insurance company covering the costs, later seeking reimbursement from the responsible party.
  • Gather the names and contact information for all witnesses.
  • Report the boating accident to the appropriate authorities so a proper investigation can take place, leading to the issuance of tickets to those at fault.

Remember to contact a boating accident attorney at your earliest convenience. You want to have an experienced professional guiding you through the initial steps of preserving evidence, addressing injuries, and subsequently pursuing your rightful compensation through rigorous legal means.

How Tennessee Injury Attorneys Can Help You Following a Boating Accident in Tennessee

When you approach Tennessee Injury Attorneys for a complimentary consultation, we will carefully interview you regarding your case to assess the viability of your claim. This evaluation encompasses reviewing evidence, medical records, and potentially conducting a brief investigation to locate the responsible parties and their financial assets. This often includes reviewing insurance policies and any relevant previous claims.

Once we take a case and create and sign a retainer agreement, we will communicate with the insurance carriers, if applicable, to determine the right course of action for you — whether it’s negotiation or litigation. If the insurance carrier undervalues the damage and fails to propose an appropriate pre-filing settlement, we will file suit on your behalf.

Our objective is to maximize your recovery in the shortest time frame possible. However, not all cases can be resolved without a trial. Particularly complex or serious boating accident cases may necessitate a trial before a jury. Rest assured, Blake Swan and his boating accident legal team at Tennessee Injury Attorneys possess the experience and determination you desire in a trial attorney.

Contact Tennessee Injury Attorneys Today to Schedule a Free Consultation and Plan a Strategy for Your Boat Accident Case

We understand how quickly a beautiful day out on the water can turn into a tragedy involving severe injury or death. There are many risks when boating in Tennessee. When you or a loved one suffer injuries in a boat accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, it is important for you to work with a Tennessee boating accident lawyer at a law firm that is deeply familiar with the intricacies of boating, Tennessee law, and maritime law.

At Tennessee Injury Attorneys, we leverage our extensive knowledge of boating accident cases to seek appropriate financial compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact us today by phone, or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation. We will assess the details of your unique boat accident case and work closely with you to plan a tailored strategy to secure your future — Hablamos español.

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