Negligent and Reckless Boating Accidents
The surest way to bring a fun summer outing on the lake or river to a screeching halt is to be caught in the path of a negligent or reckless boater. Boating accidents can cause property damage, grievous bodily injury, and may even result in one or more fatalities. To minimize the risk of these preventable tragedies, boaters have a legal and moral obligation to operate their boats responsibly and in accordance with the laws and regulations established by the state of Iowa. Yet many fail to do so, endangering the lives of all aboard and nearby.
The physical, emotional, and financial damage from a boating accident can leave you reeling long after the incident. To combat the costs of medical care, therapy, and repairs to your own boat, it may be in your best interest to pursue a lawsuit.
Examples of Negligence and Recklessness
Though they are somewhat related, negligence and recklessness manifest themselves in different ways out on the water. To prevent needless accidents, every boat captain should remain focused on the task of operating the boat and maintain vigilant awareness of his or her surroundings. It is also important to exercise courteous behavior and follow proper boating etiquette. Even momentary lapses in either of these can have devastating effects. Some examples of negligence and recklessness include:
- Distracted operating
- Texting while boating
- Failure to observe depth restrictions
- Excessive speed
- Creating wakes near personal watercraft with frequent and unnecessary turning
- Failure to yield in a boating lane
If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident, we can help you seek the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact the Des Moines boating accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233 to learn more about your legal options.