Mississippi Attorneys Counseling Victims of Boating Accidents
Jet skis, motorboats and sailboats can be dangerous if not used properly
Corban Gunn Van Cleave Law Firm, a Biloxi-based personal injury law firm, has been advocating for clients in Gulfport and throughout Mississippi since 1926. If you suffer serious injury on a boat, as an operator or passenger, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling maritime law cases and are familiar with the many causes of boating injuries. After hearing your story, we determine if your case has merit. Then we carefully examine the circumstances of your accident to determine the actual cause and who may be liable.
Common causes of boating accidents
Many people assume that operating a boat is a lot like driving a car. It is not. Unlike cars, boats do not come to a complete stop. Moreover, boats are often more difficult to steer and control. Winning a boating accident lawsuit requires proving negligence. Our maritime lawyers regularly represent clients who suffer serious personal injuries as a result of boating accidents brought about by the following:
- Inexperience — Safely operating a boat requires training and experience. Boat drivers should understand boating laws and regulations. Boaters should also carry and use air horns, life jackets and other safety equipment.
- Speeding — Speeding in any type of boat decreases the turning radius and increases the chances of causing an accident.
- Drugs and alcohol — Drinking and driving any vehicle — car or boat — is highly dangerous.
- Weather — The weather always brings surprises, even for the most experienced forecaster. Strong winds and large swells can cause problems, even for the most seasoned sailor.
Who is responsible for your boating accident injury?
The circumstances of your accident determine who is at fault. If you were injured on a cruise ship because of damaged railing, you may be able to file a claim against the cruise line company. If you suffer an injury due to a defective vessel component, the boating manufacturer may be responsible. If a passenger drowns because there are no lifejackets, liability may rest with the boat owner.
Damages you may be able to recover
The damages you can recover after a boating accident depend on your injuries, whether the defendant was negligent and the quality of counsel you retain. If you suffer catastrophic injury as a result of a boat operator’s reckless behavior, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, scarring and disfigurement, permanent physical impairment, loss of companionship and love, nursing care, rehabilitation, and property damage.
Let a top-rated injury law firm help you recover damages after a boating accident
Picking up the pieces after an accident can be difficult. At Corban Gunn Van Cleave Law Firm, we provide you with personalized guidance through every step of your case. Located in Biloxi, our law office is committed to serving Gulfport and the state of Mississippi. You can schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with one of our attorneys by calling 228.273.4455 or contacting us online.