Many Louisiana residents, with the Gulf of Mexico so close by, tend to gravitate toward the water. Water sports and recreational activities, such as boating and fishing, are popular among state residents and tourists who come to visit each year. Boating, or any other recreational activity where the people on the boat have to essentially depend on their boat operator and instructor, can also prove to be inherently dangerous at times.
Boating accidents can be devastating for families and tourists who rent boats from boating companies each year to go on the water. Such boating accidents can lead to serious injuries as well as fatalities. State authorities work hard at putting various programs in place to make the public aware of the dangers of the sea and safe boating practices. There are also federal laws in place to promote safe boating for everyone.
Boating accident victims who suffer serious injuries are often left with lifelong impairments and disabilities. Boating companies must follow the rules and regulations, especially when the boating companies rent their boats to customers who assume that the boats are safe.
Just like in most negligence cases, boating accident cases also rely on certain legal principles. The burden of proof in a boating accident case lies on the accident victim who has been injured or whose family members have been injured. The attorneys at the Gaar Law Firm examine expert testimony in addition to conducting their own thorough investigation into the accident as well as the alleged negligence of the boating company and the operator in order to attempt to determine who was responsible for the accident.