Boating Accidents

With over 14 million boats and watercrafts registered in this county today, the incident rate of boating accidents is constantly increasing. In fact, each year thousands of people are killed or injured due to a boating accident. The most common types of watercraft to be involved in a boating accident include powerboats, cruisers, jet skis, and even sailboats. When looking for a Missouri boating accident attorney, you need an attorney who has:

  • Experience handling serious personal injury lawsuits.
  • A strong background in representing victims of accidents.
  • Successfully recovered millions in damages for clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Nearly 700 people were killed and 3,451 people were injured as a result of the 4,969 boating accidents in 2005, according to statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard. While you may know how to properly navigate your vessel, that doesn’t mean that other boaters sharing the lakes are as knowledgeable or cautious. In fact, the number one cause of boating accidents was the careless or reckless operation of the boat. Coming in second was operator inattention. Other factors causing some of the nearly 5,000 accidents were excessive speed, operator inexperience, alcohol use, and improper lookout

If you’ve been in a boating accident at any of Missouri’s lakes or rivers, you need the proven skill and knowledge of the boating accident attorney at The Law Offices of Michelle M. Funkenbusch, with years of experience representing victims of accidents caused by another’s negligence. If you think that a seatbelt defect may have caused or contributed to injuries in your car accident, it is best to talk with an attorney. For a free initial consultation with a lawyer about your boating accident, contact Missouri  Boating Accident Personal Injury Lawyer Michelle M. Funkenbusch.

For your convenience, home and hospital visits are available upon request.

The causes of boating accidents vary greatly. The most common type of accident involving motorboats is collision with another vessel, followed by accidents involving skier mishaps, and falls overboard.

The leading causes of accidents with both open motorboats and personal water craft are:

  • Operator inattention
  • Operator inexperience
  • Improper Equipment
  • Speeding
  • Alcohol

Your boat crash injuries, if they are the fault of another’s negligence, faulty or improper equipment, may entitle you to compensation for those injuries.

For a FREE consultation, contact Michelle M. Funkenbusch, who has over 15 years of experience in Transportation law and Negligence.

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