Boating Accident Lawyer in Boston
A boating accident can turn a pleasant day on one of New England’s peaceful waterways into a catastrophe. Boating accident injuries can be severe and permanent, and in the most serious cases, deadly.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman in Boston, our boating accident attorneys have the skills and experience to handle your case and recover the maximum compensation for you and your family.
Our boat accident attorneys know all too well how a boating accident can upend your life. Our team of caring and compassionate attorneys will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve to move forward. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, so there’s no cost to you unless we’re able to recover money.
Our boating accident lawyers are uniquely equipped to handle all types of boating accident cases. Whether your boating accident involved a drunk or otherwise negligent boat operator, a defective boat or boating equipment, or a jet ski or water-skiing accident, our attorneys are ready to roll up their sleeves and fight for you. We have successfully handled all types of personal injury cases throughout Massachusetts.
If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Any delays could hamper your case and prevent you from obtaining a full and fair recovery from all responsible parties.The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman can Help with Your Boating Accident Case
With more than 20 years of experience in personal injury law, the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman has been on the winning end of a wide variety of boating accident claims, including boating accident claims involving:
- Commercial boats
- Charter boats
- Party boats
- Pontoon boats
- Fishing boats
- Kayaks and canoes
- Jet skis
- Water skiing and other towing activities
- Marina and docking activities
Our boating accident attorneys can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman can Help You Prove Negligence
Many boating accident cases are caused by the negligence of the boat operator. A boat operator who is inattentive, uses poor judgment or is impaired by alcohol or drugs is likely to cause a boating accident and injure innocent people. The boat operator’s negligence could result in a collision with another vessel or a fixed object or passengers could be tossed from the boat into the water.
Boating accidents can be serious and even lead to wrongful death. The U.S. Coast Guard recorded a total of 633 boating fatalities in the nation in 2018.
Here’s a list of some negligent behaviors that are common causes of boating accidents:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience and lack of training
- Operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Improper lookout
- Operating a boat in poor weather
- Failing to follow federal or state navigation rules
- Ignoring safety rules
- Failing to maintain boat and equipment in a safe condition
- Failing to carry safety equipment on board
- Boat overcrowding or overloading
Because boating is a recreational activity that takes place on the water and not on a highway, boat operators can be lax in following rules and regulations and might be inclined to indulge in alcohol while behind the wheel.
Massachusetts law prohibits anyone from operating any vessel while under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance. Under state law, a person is considered to be boating under the influenceif they have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater similar to operating a car.
If your boating injury was caused by a dangerous or defective boat or piece of equipment like a jet ski, water skis, tube, raft or wakeboard, a boating accident attorney can help you proceed with a product liability claim against the boat or equipment manufacturer. Product liability cases are complicated. A seasoned attorney can take on deep pocketed manufacturers and maximize your chance of a successful outcome.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman has represented individuals who have suffered a wide range of injuries in boat accident cases. Regardless of the severity of your injury or its cause, our boat accident attorneys will fight for you and recover the compensation you deserve.
Some common types of boat accidents and their corresponding injuries include:
Passenger overboard incidents: Passengers who fall overboard are subject to fracture injuries caused by impact with the water. The taller the boat, the greater the impact. In certain situations, the impact can cause an individual to become unconscious and at risk for drowning, especially if they’re not wearing a life jacket and water conditions are dangerous.
Propeller-related incidents: These accidents can occur when a passenger falls off or is tossed from a boat. Propeller accidents often result in serious injuries such as lacerations, amputations and death.
Run overs: Swimmers, water skiers or passengers who fall overboard are at risk of being run over by their own boat or another boat in the vicinity. Injuries include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spine injuries, paralysis and death.
Slip and falls: Boat owners and operators have a duty to keep their decks in a safe condition and free from slip-and-fall hazards.
If you’re a member of a boat crew who suffers an on-the-job injury, a boat accident attorney can advise on the steps to take to recover the maximum benefits.
If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, it’s imperative that you speak with a boating accident lawyer as soon as possible. A skilled boating accident attorney will investigate your case and make sure that all negligent parties are brought to justice. An attorney will make sure that you meet all applicable deadlines and that your injuries and other damages are properly documented.
An attorney will negotiate with any involved insurance companies. Individuals who proceed with claims on their own tend to recover less than those who are represented by legal counsel. A good boating accident attorney should be a skilled negotiator who is unafraid to take on big insurance companies who are more concerned with their own bottom line than the health and well-being of accident victims.Boating Safety and Accident Reporting Requirements Under Massachusetts Law
Massachusetts is a paradise for boaters. In addition to the coastline, there’s Martha’s Vineyard, the Harbor Islands, Cape Cod and the Charles River to name a few. The vast number of waterways located throughout the state means that boating accidents are bound to happen.
A quick scan of news for the greater Boston area shows these boating accidents:
- A large wave overturned a boat on a fishing trip, injuring one person and killing another.
- A 12-year-old was run over and killed by a boat while learning to water ski.
- A woman fell off a boat that was being operated by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. While being pulled back onto the vessel, she came into contact with the boat’s propeller and severed her arm at the shoulder.
- A high-speed boat known as a cigarette boat broke apart and flipped over in the water, injuring one person and killing another.
In Massachusetts, the operator of a vessel is required to submit a written report to the Massachusetts Environmental Police, Boating and Recreational Vehicle Safety Bureau whenever an accident results in:
- The death of a person.
- Disappearance of a person under circumstances that suggest any possibility of death or injury.
- Any injury requiring medical attention.
- Property damage exceeding $500.
Accidents resulting in death or serious injury must be reported within 48 hours. Other accident reports must be submitted within five days.
In addition to rules for reporting boating accidents, Massachusetts has numerous boating safety requirements regarding the mandatory age for boat operators, onboard safety equipment and situations in which boat operation is prohibited. For example, it is against the law to operate a motorboat within 150 feet of a swimming area, operate a motor boat without working lights or operate a boat in an overloaded condition.
If your boating accident was caused by the boat operator’s failure to follow one of these safety requirements, the boat operator or boating company could be liable for your injuries.
You can read more about boating laws in Massachusetts on the state’s website.
To learn more about how our boating accident attorneys can help you with your boating accident claim, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC today at (617) 367-2900 or using our online form.