FAQs: Boating Accident Claims

Boating accidents can have serious consequences, leading to injuries, property damage, and even fatalities. If you’ve been involved in a boating accident and are considering filing an injury claim, you may have several questions about the legal process, compensation, and your rights.

The following are some of the common questions that our Virginia Beach boat accident attorneys hear from clients who come to us for legal help.

What should I do immediately after an accident?

After a boating accident, it’s crucial to prioritize safety. Check for injuries and provide medical assistance if necessary. Then, report the accident to the appropriate authorities, such as the Coast Guard or local law enforcement. Gather as much evidence as possible, including photographs, witness statements, and any relevant documents.

Can I file a personal injury claim for a boat accident?

Yes, if you’ve been injured in a boating accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim. Negligence can include factors like reckless operation, failure to follow boating regulations, or operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

What compensation can I seek in a boating accident injury claim?

The compensation you can seek in a boating accident injury claim may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, rehabilitation costs, and in some cases, punitive damages. The specific amount will depend on the circumstances of the accident and the extent of your injuries.

Is there a time limit for filing an accident injury claim?

Yes, there is typically a statute of limitations for filing a boating accident injury claim. The time limit can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the nature of the claim. In Virginia, the statute of limitations for filing a claim is two years from the date of the incident. It’s important to consult with an attorney specializing in boating accidents as soon as possible to understand and comply with the applicable deadlines.

Who can be held liable for a boating accident?

The parties that can be held liable for a boating accident vary depending on the circumstances. The boat operator, boat owner, rental company, manufacturer, and other individuals involved in the accident may all potentially be held responsible. Liability will be determined based on factors such as negligence, equipment failure, or violation of boating regulations.

Should I hire an attorney for my boating accident injury claim?

It’s highly recommended to hire an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in boating accidents. They can guide you through the legal process, investigate the accident, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent your interests in court if necessary. An attorney will help maximize your chances of obtaining fair compensation.

Can I file a claim if I was a passenger in a boat involved in an accident?

Yes, as a passenger, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party or parties involved in the boating accident. Your claim would be based on the negligence or misconduct that caused your injuries.

Remember, the information provided here is general and should not be considered legal advice. Each boating accident case is unique, and it’s important to consult with a qualified attorney to understand the specific details of your situation and to receive personalized guidance regarding your potential injury claim.

Call Our Personal Injury Law Firm for Legal Assistance

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident caused by another boat operator, contact Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp to find out how we can help you get the financial compensation you deserve, like the $150,000 insurance settlement we obtained for one client who suffered several severe injuries when the charter fishing boat on which he was a passenger ran aground in the Oregon Inlet.

You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. Call our office today to set up a free and confidential case evaluation with one of our Virginia Beach boating accident attorneys.