Boat Injury Lawyer
Strategic Advocacy & Maximum Recoveries for Boat Accident Victims & Claims
Boating accidents, injuries, and deaths have surged in recent years, spiking more than 25% since 2019 (source: USCG). Tragically, most of these boating injuries and deaths are caused by avoidable errors and careless oversights. When that happens, the victims of recreational boating accidents can turn to Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers for help.
For more than 20 years, our boat injury attorneys have been devoted to providing fierce, fearless representation to those hurt in watercraft accidents. With a deep understanding of these cases and a reputation for success in and outside the courtroom, we are the team you can count on when it’s time to fight for justice and recover.
That’s why we’re recognized as leading boat injury lawyers in Louisiana and Texas. And it’s why you can trust us when you need to determine your legal options, file a claim, and seek justice.
Just contact Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers for case-specific answers and advice whenever you need it. We are here for you, ready to help 24/7.
Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers has an unmatched record of success in all types of boat injury and accident claims. We are ready to make your case and recovery our next victory.
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- Top Causes of Boat Injuries & Accidents
- Common Types of Boat Injuries
- Boat Injury & Accident Statistics
- 3 Steps in a Boat Accident Case
Top Causes of Boat Injuries & Accidents
The table below shows the leading causes of boat injuries and watercraft accidents in the U.S. (source: USCG).
*The most recent year for which data is available*
Beyond these common causes of boat injuries, others include (and are not limited to):
- Overloading boats or watercraft
- Failing to properly anchor watercraft
- Missing or insufficient navigational aids
- Missing or insufficient watercraft lights
- Oversteering watercraft
- Carbon monoxide exposure
- Adverse weather conditions
- Hazardous waters
These and other boating accidents can result in all types of incidents, including (but not limited to):
- Duck boat accidents
- Houseboat accidents
- Jet ski accidents
- Wakeboard accidents
- Canoe & kayak accidents
- Cruise ship accidents
- Ferry accidents
- Dinghy accidents
- Banana boat accidents
- Pontoon boat accidents
- Sailboat accidents
- Yacht accidents
If you or a loved one has been hurt in any type of recreational boating accident, you may not know what caused it — and even if you do, that could only be part of the story.
The most effective way to determine all causes of a boating accident in Louisiana or Texas is by contacting a boat injury lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers. We are ready to explain liability, the legal options, and more during a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.
Common Types of Boat Injuries
Watercraft accidents can cause an array of mild to catastrophic injuries, depending on how the accident happened and the specific chain of events resulting in damage. Generally, however, some of the most common types of boat injuries include:
These and other types of boat injuries can occur in incidents like (but not limited to):
- Collisions between boats and/or other watercraft
- Boat collision with fixed features, like piers or jetties
- Explosions and fires aboard watercraft
- Slip-and-fall accidents on boats
- Propeller and run-over accidents
- Overboard falls
No matter what trauma you or someone you love has suffered in a boating accident, you can turn to Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers when you need answers about your rights and how to recover.
Boat Injury & Accident Statistics
The latest statistics show how common and harmful watercraft accidents are — and how often they cause deadly injuries (source: USCG):
- In 2020, there are a total 5,265 recreational boating and watercraft accidents in the U.S. That works out to an average of 14 boat accidents every day.
- Recreational watercraft accidents in 2020 caused 3,191 boat injuries and 767 fatalities.
- The costs of recreational boating accidents in 2020 was roughly $62.5 million when just looking at property damage.
- Boating accidents surged during the pandemic, skyrocketing than 26%.
- The leading cause of deadly boating accidents is alcohol impairment. In fact, alcohol use is a factor in more than 1 in every 6 fatal boat accidents.
- About 3 in every 4 deadly boating accident involves a drowning. Nearly 9 in 10 of these drowning victims were not wearing lifejackets.
- About 3 in for 4 fatal boat accidents occur on vessels operated by someone who has not received boat safety training.
- About half of all fatal recreational boat accidents happen on open motorboats. About 15% occur on kayaks, and 9% take place on pontoons.
These statistics reveal some of the preventable causes of boat accidents. Still, the numbers don’t help victims recover from the devastating injuries, profound pain, and lasting trauma caused by just one boating accident. Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can, however.
We have extensive experience representing victims in all types of recreational boating accident claim, including the most complex cases involving the toughest opponents. To find out how we can help you, just contact a 5-star boat injury attorney at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.
3 Steps in a Boat Accident Case
Boat injury cases can proceed differently, depending on how and where the incident occurred, as well as the parties involved. In general, however, boat accident claims tend to involve the following steps:
- An investigation into the boat accident: This initial step involves gathering evidence, determining liability, and assessing the value of a case.
- Out-of-court talks: While this can refer to mediation and meetings focused on resolving disputes outside of court, it can also involve settlement negotiations.
- Going to court: If boat accident cases can’t be settled out of court, trial can be necessary. At this point, a judge and jury would hear and rule on the case.
With boat accident cases, it’s also important to know that:
- There are unforgiving deadlines for filing these claims, and missing a case deadline could create new barriers to recovering compensation for boat injuries.
- Most boat injury cases are settled out of court. Only a small fraction of these cases every go to trial.
- Whether or not a case goes to court, a boat injury lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can help victims when it matters most.
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You don’t have a lot of time to file a boat injury claim in Louisiana or Texas — and you may only have one chance to get it right. Make sure you bring the strongest possible claim when it’s time to recover. Make sure you have Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers on your side.
Knowledgeable, resourceful, and compassionate, our boat injury attorneys are proud to offer the same type of representation and service that we would expect if we were in your shoes. Discover the difference our team can make in your claim and recovery by contacting us today.