Injury Lawyer Serving Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield & Surrounding Areas in Colorado
One of the many blessings of living in Colorado is that there are multitudes of lakes and reservoirs where you can put your boat in and enjoy the amazing weather. Whether you're fishing, water skiing, or enjoying some other type of water-related activity, a boat can increase your enjoyment as you find yourself on the open water.
The only problem with enjoying boating activities is that, just like the roads, there are those that operate vehicles without the proper knowledge of these vehicles. People may be impaired or simply not paying attention and can cause horrific accidents and injuries while operating their boats.
If you've suffered because of a boat accident, please contact our attorney, Christopher W. Jeffress of Jeffress Law today. Mr. Jeffress makes every single client his priority and will never treat you like you're a number. He will help you seek financial compensation so you can recover from your injuries, get back on your feet, and return to enjoying your aquatic activities. Call us at 303.993.8685.
"Chris and his team did an awesome job at handling my claim during a very difficult time. My accident happened 1 day after our state shut down due to COVID. Chris was able to get us quality healthcare within days, deal with the insurance companies, and the medical insurance although there were many hurdles during the pandemic. They were always, professional and courteous, returned my calls/emails within a timely manner and always answered my questions. I would definitely recommend Jeffress Law. PC."
Causes of Boat Accidents
Just as with an automobile accident, there are hazards everywhere while you're enjoying your boating excursion. Some of the most common boating accidents occur because of the following:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Disobeying speed limits and other water regulations
- Violent turns that cause riders to fall out of the boat
Most boat accidents are easily avoidable; they simply require drivers to abide by the rules of the lake that they're in and to be sober and attentive. Unfortunately, this is not always the case among boat drivers and can lead to horrific injuries including the following:
Common Injuries Associated With Boating Accidents
Boating accidents tend to result in serious personal injuries. Many of these watercraft are high-powered. They frequently lack grab handles, padding, and other safety features. These factors alone can make collisions dangerous. Add in the fact that passengers are often thrown into the water by the impact of a boat accident. There they risk additional harm or could drown.
Some of the most common injuries caused by boating accidents include:
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Boating Accident?
Any negligent parties involved in a boating accident can be held liable for injuries or death. Negligence is the failure to act with reasonable care. And it is the basis for most injury claims.
Here are a few of the potentially responsible parties in a boating accident case:
- Boat operators who do not follow safe boating practices
- Boat owners who fail to keep proper safety equipment onboard
- Boat manufacturing companies behind a defective watercraft
- Boat rental companies
- Passengers who act in a reckless manner
Of course, liability depends on the unique circumstances of each case. If you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident and you are not sure who to blame, contact our attorney.
What To Do After a Boating Accident
It is critically important to handle a boating accident the right way. In doing so, you may be able to minimize injuries and deaths, as well as protect your legal rights and support a future claim.
In general, these are smart steps to take after a boating accident:
- Determine whether anyone needs medical attention
- Call 911 for emergency assistance
- Consider making a distress call on your radio or with visual distress signals
- Gather evidence such as contact information and photographs
- Report the accident according to local laws and regulations
- Notify your insurance company but do not discuss fault
- Contact our boat accident attorney for a free consultation
How Much Compensation Can You Receive in a Boating Accident Claim?
Boating accidents can result in life-changing injuries and significant property damage. These factors are often reflected in a successful boating accident settlement or judgment. With a skilled attorney on your side, you may be able to recover compensation for damages such as:
- Medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment
Dealing With Insurance After a Boating Accident
If you or the other party have boat liability coverage, you may find yourself dealing with an insurance claim. Rarely, boating accidents are covered under homeowners insurance. However, that is typically limited to small boats, and the personal property coverage limits are low. Often, liability coverage for a boat is not included under a homeowners policy, or it is limited.
In either case, it is not uncommon to feel like the adjuster does not have your best interests in mind. Insurance companies may try to delay, deny, or devalue your legitimate accident claim. That is why it is so important to have an attorney in your corner who can advocate for you.
Our attorney got his start working for the insurance companies. Now, he uses the knowledge he gained in that role to help injured clients stand up to unfair tactics and get the money they need.
Help for Those Involved in Boat Accidents
If you've suffered in any type of boat accident, please contact our attorney for help with your case. Mr. Jeffress has the experience that you need when approaching a difficult case where you or your loved one may have endured a horrible experience. Jeffress Law operates on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you won't pay unless we win a cash award or settlement for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us today by filling out the form on this page or calling us at 303.993.8685. We are proud to serve clients in Longmont, Broomfield, Boulder, and the Metro Area.