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I was injured in a boat accident; can I recover for my damages?

In Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks is a popular destination for boating activities.  Just like driving or being a passenger in a motor vehicle, the negligence of others can cause you to be injured when operating or being a passenger in a boat.  Unfortunately, many people operate boats while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, leading to sometimes catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.  Alcohol is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.

Most boating incidents occur in good visibility, calm waters and little wind.  The most common boating incidents involve collisions with other vessels, objects or groundings.  Boating accidents can cause severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and loss of limbs.  If you were injured in a boat accident that was caused by the negligence of another person, it is possible for you to be compensated for your damages.  A boat operator could be negligent if they were operating the boat under the influence of alcohol, were driving the boat too fast or recklessly.

If you were injured in a boat accident or a boat accident caused the death of your loved one, the person at-fault for the accident could be responsible for paying for your damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering and loss of wages.  Many times there is insurance coverage available through a policy insuring the boat itself or an at-fault person’s homeowner’s insurance.

At The A.W. Smith Law Firm, we see many instances of severe injuries and death caused by the negligence of others.  It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible when you have been injured in a boat accident to ensure you get the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.  Please reach out to The A.W. Smith Law Firm if you have been injured in a boat accident for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.