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What is the Statute of Limitations for a boating accident?
The answer to this question depends entirely on where the boat accident occurred and whether it is subject to Federal Maritime law or state laws. The statute of limitations for non-death personal injury in Virginia (for example, in Hampton, Newport News, or Virginia Beach) is two years.
Should I contact an attorney if I have been injured in a boating accident?
A Virginia boat accident injury attorney can analyze the facts, but can also preserve evidence that may be critical to determining why the boating accident occurred.
What types of boats are typically involved in Virginia boating accidents?
Most typically, powerboats such as cabin cruisers are involved in serious Virginia boating wrecks. Another frequent source of personal watercraft accidents involve jet skis, wave-runners and sea-doos. You can file a claim and pursue damages no matter what type of personal watercraft or powerboat was involved in your accident.
Can the driver of a boat who acts recklessly be held liable for causing the accident?
Yes, boating laws require safe operation of the boat and are designed to keep people safe. If the boat captain violates these laws, they could be held liable for any injuries or loss of life that results in an accident.