Poorly Trained Boat Operator
For the most part, boating activities can be broken down into three distinct categories. There are those persons who own boats and go out on the lake or river with their friends as a summertime recreational activity. Then there are commercially run vessels operated by companies who take customers out on dinner cruises, tours, and other entertainment activities. The third generalized class of boating includes the watercrafts that are used for the shipment of cargo or for commercial fishing. There are different training and licensing requirements for each.
Improperly or inadequately trained boat captains can create a substantial safety risk for themselves and others. If you have been hurt in a boating accident then you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Contact LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233 for more information.
Consequences of Uncertified Operation
Because of the somewhat relaxed view that many people hold of leisure boating, there is a similarly soft view on the licensing and certification rules pertaining to these activities. The reality, however, is that the operation of a boat by an inexperienced person can create an undue hazard for all aboard or in the vicinity of the vessel. The severity of likely injuries increases at higher speeds and with larger ships, but generally a lack of training can cause problems including:
- Unfamiliarity with rescue protocols
- Inability to pilot a boat safely under adverse weather conditions
- Misinterpretation of water depth
Accidents that take place on the water are often more devastating than those on land because of the added time it can take to reach an injured person and get him or her to a medical facility. As such, it is imperative to hold irresponsible boating companies and boat operators accountable for the serious danger in which they place others if they are untrained or undertrained.
By holding irresponsible boaters accountable for their actions, you can help deter such dangerous behavior in the future and also gain needed compensation to deal with any injuries you have needlessly suffered.