There is abundant water in Louisiana, which makes it an ideal location to enjoy water-related activities like fishing and boating. Many of us spend our weekends and holidays relaxing at such places. However, sometimes the fun and relaxing activity can become tragic due to the negligence of a boater.
Unfortunately some boaters do not follow the laws that are in place for everyone’s safety. They may be operating a boat while intoxicated, which is a criminal offense in Louisiana. Some boaters may be distracted or not attentive while in charge of the boat. This carelessness or distraction can cause boating accidents, leading to injuries to other people.
Law enforcement personnel are sometimes on the waterways, but they cannot be present at every location.
Boats and other personal watercraft can turn out to be accidents waiting to happen. While sometimes an accident victim may be lucky and escape the incident with minor injuries, this is unfortunately not always the case. A person injured in a waterways incident can suffer from serious injuries with lifelong consequences.
If you have been injured in a boating accident caused by another boater’s negligence, you have the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. Damages that can be recovered include lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. Our law firm has the experience and resources to help injured victims of boating accidents.
This post is intended to provide general information only, not specific legal advice. An experienced personal injury attorney can answer specific questions and represent you in a lawsuit for damages. For more information on our practice in this area, please visit our boating accidents web page.