Boating Accidents

Boating accidents can cause serious injuries

Boating accidents in the Pacific Northwest are unfortunately a fact of life for our residents. If you live in Western Washington, you know that living life on the lakes and Puget Sound is a top priority for fun and relaxation for most of us. Whether it’s joining the log boom at Seafair, traveling the San Juan’s or river fishing on the Snohomish or Columbia River, our vast selection of watering holes means more boats, more fishing, more swimming, and sadly more accidents.

Any physical injury that occurs on a ship, boat, ferry, wave runner or jet ski is counted as a boating accident. Serious injuries and even death ranging in the thousands occur annually in the United States as a result of negligent, reckless, inexperience, or under the influence (BUI) handling of boats and watercrafts. Washington State boat owners and operators are obligated to keep occupants safe; however injuries and accidents often happen and are directly caused by the carelessness and negligence of these parties.

Common causes of boating accidents

  • Recreational activities – Recreations and sports like water skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, etc. can become dangerous if the participants neglect to follow the rules of the water and safety procedures or fail to consider the surrounding environment, water depth, other boats, and other dangers.
  • Crashing with other boats, flooding, or capsizing – These can be caused by direct or indirect operator negligence; boating while influenced by alcohol, lacking boating skills, or natural factors such as wind, rain, sun, or waves.
  • Electrocution – This can happen due to a lighting strike, striking a power line, or malfunctioning boat electronics. Lightning strikes are also very dangerous and are a good reason to avoid boating when there is a possibility of storm.
  • Fire or explosion – Often, fuel is the reason for most boating fires. Fires and explosions can be caused by improper maintenance of or damage to the boat’s fuel system or engine.

If you are responsible for a boating accident, or have been injured by someone else’s negligence that caused a boating accident, contact Soloman Law for the advice and counsel you need today.

Skilled boating accident attorneys serving Bothell, Mill Creek, Edmonds and Lynnwood

Boating accidents in the Pacific Northwest can cause serious injuries that impact the rest of your life. If you or someone you love has suffered a severe boating injury, please contact Soloman Law. With more than 22 years of legal experience and our knowledge of inside claims handling, our firm can help you pursue fair and reasonable compensation to cover medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering and much more. When you retain our firm, you can expect tireless representation from a boating accident lawyer who truly cares about getting you maximum compensation for your injuries.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.