Boating Accidents

Attorney experienced in boating accidents

The state of Missouri has much to offer recreational boaters, with many pristine lakes and rivers. In recent years the number of boaters has been increasing, and while this is good news for tourism, it also means more accidents and injuries out on the water. The unfortunate truth is that many people are just not as careful piloting a boat as they might be driving their car or truck, even though the results of a boating accident can be just as disastrous or worse. If you are the victim of someone else's negligence when piloting a boat, you need the aid of Layton & Southard LLC, who has years of experience handling personal injury cases and navigating the complicated claims process.
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Sunken boat near the pier

Causes of boating accidents

There are several factors that may cause boating accidents. Despite the high speeds and large size of many boats, people often see them as having less destructive potential than a car or motorcycle. Because there are far fewer law enforcement officers out on the water, drivers and passengers on boats are more likely to engage in risky behavior, such as drinking. To make matters worse, the requirements to become a certified operator of a boat are far less stringent than those needed to obtain a driver's license, allowing inexperienced people to take the helm. While it is true that the waterways have significantly less traffic than roads and highways, this combination of factors makes the possibility of a boating accident no less deadly.

Negligence can lead to injury or death

Much like car owners, operators of watercraft's have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their passengers and those in nearby boats. Traveling at unsafe speeds, piloting under the influence of illicit substances, failing to maintain the boat in good operational condition, collisions and improper navigation are all examples of negligent behavior that can lead to injury or death. In such cases, it is important for victims to understand their rights under the law, so that they may seek just compensation for their injuries. Layton & Southard, LLC will perform a thorough investigation of the accident, and demonstrate where the fault lies. In the end, you can rest easier knowing that you will be receiving the maximum possible restitution, so that you can pay for your medical bills or any property damage without stress.
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