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Columbia Boat Accident Attorney

Columbia, South Carolina has one of the highest boat ownership rates in the country. While our beautiful waterways and proximity to the ocean make for great fishing, water skiing, and jet-skiing, motorized boat use inevitably leads to injuries and fatalities that could have otherwise been avoided had the operator been paying more attention to what they were doing. If you were injured in a boating accident, Columbia boat accident attorney Marc Brown can help you procure compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and earning ability, pain and suffering, and property damage.

We Can Help No Matter the Type of Collision/Injury

As a boating accident victim, you must be able to establish liability, as well as the cause of your injury. As such, the injury or death of the victim could be anything from a defective life vest, in which case the life vest manufacturer would be held liable, to a drunk speedboat operator. We can help you whether you were an occupant of the boat that caused the crash, an occupant or driver of another water vessel that was struck by a careless or reckless operator of another vehicle, or a swimmer, stand-up paddle boarder, kayaker, or other small vessel user that was hit by a motorized vessel.

  • Jet Ski Collisions
  • Water Ski/Wakeboard Accidents
  • Fishing Vessel Accidents
  • Speed Boat Accidents
  • Drunk Operator Collisions
  • Kayaker/Stand-Up Paddle Boarder/Swimmer Victim
  • Defective Water Craft of Life Vest Injuries or Deaths
  • Yacht Accidents
  • Injuries that Occur on Cruise Ships
  • Negligent Maintenance or Upkeep of a Water Vessel

How Most Boating Accidents Occur

Motor boats, just like cars, are deadly vehicles and must be operated with care and regard for others. Boat operators have a duty to their passengers and other waterway users to follow safety rules and regulations, abide by speed laws, pay attention while operating their vehicles, and ensure the safety of their vessels. Failure to do so can lead to liability if their actions cause another party to become injured, or killed. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the following are the top most likely causes of accidental boating deaths:

  • Improper lookout
  • Operator inattention
  • Operator inexperience
  • Excessive speed
  • Machinery failure
  • Navigation rules violation
  • Alcohol use
  • Weather
  • Hazardous waters
  • Wake size/wake force

Common boating accident injuries include concussion, whiplash, facial injuries, fractures, lacerations, hypothermia, electrocution, contusions, internal organ damage, and drowning. Any of these injuries is worthy of a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Call a Columbia Boat Accident Lawyer Today

Boat operators who cause injury or death to others must be held financially accountable for the damages their negligent actions have caused. To ensure that you and your loved ones are not stuck with mounting medical bills and other injury-related costs, you have the ability to file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party. Columbia boat accident attorney Marc Brown is here to help in your time of need. We strongly encourage you to take action today by calling (803) 848-0008 to schedule a free consultation.

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