Important Tips and Facts About Boating Accidents
Boating accidents are often related to alcohol and negligence, thus hiring an attorney may be necessary.
Now that it’s summertime, families all across the country are commencing their weekend routines filled with fun in the sun, and for many families, boating on oceans, lakes and rivers. In Northern Ohio, of course, that means visiting the lake and taking advantage of the hundreds of miles of beautiful Lake Erie coastline.
While many people don’t like to think about it, boating accidents are quite common and can carry serious and potentially tragic consequences. Here, learn more about boating accidents, hiring the right boating accident attorney, and more.
Thousands of boating accidents take place each and every year in the waters of the United States, and there are more than 12 million registered recreational vessels in the country. Boating is certainly not a niche hobby or interest then, but a quite common and widespread one.
In 2012, the United States Coast Guard reported 4,515 recreational boating accidents, involving 651 deaths and $38 million of property damage. Any experienced boating accident attorney will know that there’s a huge range of causes and issues at hand in these situations.
However, some factors are far more common than others, and may have a large bearing in the potential success of a lawsuit or legal action. For instance, in 2012, the same study shows that alcohol was the leading factor of at least 17% of these accidents.
Of the fatalities that occurred, only 14% took place on a boat whose operator had received boating safety instruction. Nearly 71% of fatalities ultimately resulted from drowning, and of those who drowned, 85% of them were not wearing a life jacket.
All of these statistics showcase that many boating accidents, injuries and deaths can be avoided through proper safety measures. They also show that the individuals at the helm or in charge can and will often be found liable by the courts for monetary damages due to negligence or inappropriate or unsafe use of the craft in one way or another.
It’s also very important to hire an Ohio law firm that has specific firsthand experience serving their clients as a boating accident attorney. A generic personal injury lawyer without any direct experience with boating accidents will be “lost at sea” when it comes to handling the specific ins and outs of the case and how to best serve clients with various circumstances. It’s simply not the same as a car accident, medical malpractice or any other type of personal injury case, and experience with one doesn’t count as experience with the other.
Contact the Ohio law firm Mayle, Ray & Mayle today to begin working with an experienced, successful boating accident attorney. With offices in Fremont and Bellevue, the team has handled numerous cases around Lake Erie, including the Sandusky Bay and Put-in-Bay areas.
Call 419.334.8377 today for a free consultation with their team and to see how they can help as a personal injury lawyer for boating accidents.
About Mayle, Ray & Mayle, LLC
Mayle, Ray & Mayle LLC is a Freemont, Ohio law firm with a broad range of expertise. The team consists of attorneys Ronald Mayle, Jeremiah Ray and Andrew Mayle, all of whom bring unique experience and specialties to the forefront, establishing a well-rounded law firm that can meet the needs of any client. With offices in Fremont and Bellevue, Mayle, Ray & Mayle serves clients in need throughout Ohio and also serves as co-counsel and local counsel for other law firms across the country. Contact their expert lawyers at 419.334.8377 or learn more about who they are and how they can help at MayleRayMayle.com.