Boating accidents in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia

Our lawyers are qualified to handle personal injuries and deaths involving:
  • Personal Watercrafts (Jet Skis & Wave Runners);
  • Center Console Runabouts;
  • Cabin Cruisers;
  • Yachts;
  • Tenders;
  • Inflatable & Semi Rigid Inflatable Boats;
  • Sailboats;
  • Go-Fast boats;
  • Airboats,
  • Kayaks,
  • Paddleboards & Canoes.
Given the nature of boating and yachting along with the nature perils of the sea, boating injuries can be caused by many different reasons. Many people think that since they were simply on the water, they assumed all risks associated with the activity. This is not true.
The most frequent situations of where a boat operator may be negligent and, therefore, responsible for an occupant's injury or injury to the occupant of another vessel include:
  • Hitting a big wave or wake at an unsafe speed or angle;
  • Ejections from the boat due to improper operation or deciding to navigate in heavy weather;
  • Contact with propellers;
  • Operating at a high speed;
  • Failing to keep a lookout while a guest is skiing or tubing;
  • Not knowing the navigational rules;
  • Collisions with other watercraft;
  • Defective boat design;
  • Defective boat construction or repair;
  • Impacting a fixed object, such as a navigational aid, pier or bridge; and,
  • Overcrowding and overloading.
Individuals injured due to the negligence of a boat operator may be entitled to compensation in the form of payment of medical bills and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering associated with the accident.The law governing your claim (and potential recovery) depends primarily on whether you were employed by, or a guest of, the yacht or boat owner. Further, many recreational boating accidents involve ignorance or violation of a navigational regulation, more commonly referred to as “The Rules of the Road.” In many circumstances, such a violation gives an injured party a rebuttable presumption that the violator is liable.