At Diener Law, we know all types of boating accidents and injuries. The following are some of the most typical boating accident types that result in injuries and compensation claims:
Commercial Boating Accidents
When you depend on the water for your livelihood, each day has its own set of risks. A few of the ways that seafarers might get injuries that have a profound impact on their lives include careless operations, equipment malfunctions, and deck fires. A major injury can keep you out of work for a very long period whether you work on a tanker, barge, tugboat, or any other commercial vessel.
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, generally known as the Jones Act, gives wounded sailors rights and gives them the right to sue their employer for the wrongdoing that led to their injury. In addition, there may be additional claims that might lead to payment for injuries sustained while working aboard a commercial vessel.
At Diener Law, we assist families of wounded mariners in obtaining the maximum amount of possible compensation.
Jet Ski Accidents
Personal watercraft, such as jet skis, may be thrilling and enjoyable. However, a combination of speed, water characteristics, and a lack of knowledge or training can have disastrous results. Operating such a craft while under the influence of drink or drugs or while disobeying fundamental safety regulations is also dangerous. Jet ski operators are particularly susceptible to major injury or death since they are so near to the surface and completely exposed with little to no protective gear.
Our North Carolina boat accident lawyers have significant experience representing those injured in jet ski and personal watercraft accidents. We seek and get compensation from concessionaires for their carelessness when such watercraft are hired from them and they fail to adequately teach the rider, maintain the craft, or do other careless actions with the rentals.
Money may be able to buy you a gorgeous yacht, but it may not always purchase yacht owners or operators the necessary training and expertise to properly handle such massive and challenging vessels. This can result in injury to passengers as well as those on other boats, along with several other problems including speeding, disobeying safety regulations, neglecting to maintain the vessel, and disobeying navigating restrictions.
Our North Carolina boat accident lawyers can assist victims of boater carelessness in receiving compensation for their injuries, regardless of the reason for the accident or the type of injuries they sustained.
Shrimping and Fishing Boat Accidents
At Diener Law, we have the deepest regard for the hardworking men and women who spend long days shrimping and fishing boats around the Gulf Coast and on the waterways of our state. Crew members aboard shrimping and fishing boats may be eligible for compensation for their injuries under federal maritime law, including the Jones Act, as with all sailors on commercial vessels.
Boat owners have a responsibility to maintain and run the boat safely to give their crew members a safe place to work. A fishing or shrimp boat crewman may file a lawsuit for lost pay, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, disability, deformity, and medical costs if he is injured on the job.
Pontoon Boat Accidents
One of the several boating accident types to take into account involves pontoon boats. Pontoon boats are ideal for a leisurely afternoon on the lake, but that doesn’t mean they are risk-free because they aren’t designed for speed like other kinds of boats.
Injured passengers on pontoon boats may be at much greater risk. Every year, more individuals pass away in incidents involving pontoon boats than, say, those using jet skis. That may be a result of behaviors like “bow riding,” which is when someone sits outside the boat’s rails while leaning their feet over the side. Run-over incidents, propeller mishaps, and drownings can result from this.
Pontoon boat accidents that result in injuries or fatalities might be caused by inadequate training, drinking, or disregarding safety regulations. Both the boat’s captain and the vendor who rents pontoon boats might be held liable for their carelessness.
Marina and Dock Accidents
Not every boating disaster takes place off the coast. When boats or other equipment are managed or maintained irresponsibly, dockworkers, longshoremen, and other people who use or are present on marinas or docks risk injury.
The Jones Act and other federal laws may provide remedies for maritime employees, and we have the knowledge and understanding of dock operations to successfully pursue compensation for our injured clients.
Party Boat Accidents
It should come as no surprise that alcohol may play a role in many party boat mishaps, whether it be an impaired driver who causes a collision or a buzzed passenger who jumps overboard.
However, other causes might also result in severe injuries. In those cases, our knowledgeable North Carolina boat accident lawyers strive to hold the owner, operator, or any individuals in charge of the boat accountable for their carelessness.
Water Skiing and Towing Accidents
Vulnerable and unprotected people being pushed behind a boat at a fast speed can cause terrible injuries when they crash into the ocean, other boats, or other things like docks and wharves.
The boat’s operator may be held liable for any injury done to people who relied on them if they acted carelessly or in breach of safety regulations.