Spring Break Boating Joyride Gone Wrong
Boating is one of the most enjoyed summertime activities. Many younger people start their boating season during spring break. While boating can be very fun, it can also be a very dangerous activity. Each year there are thousands of boating accidents that result in serious injuries. And unfortunately, hundreds of people die every year as a result of boating accidents. If you have been injured in a boating accident, you need to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer Houston to find out about your right to compensation for your injuries.
Contrary to what you might expect, most boating accidents are not caused by bad weather and rough waters. Most boating accidents occur during the daytime when the weather and visibility are good. These accidents usually involve small crafts and happen near the end of the day when fatigue and drinks start to take their toll.
The majority of boating fatalities are a result of the boat capsizing. Overloading the boat and operating the vessel at excessive speeds are common causes of capsizing a boat. The second major causes of boating fatalities are people falling overboard. In addition to the fatalities, a great many people are seriously injured each year because a boat capsized or someone fell overboard. A Houston personal injury attorney can give you more information about boating accidents and injuries.
Texas law requires a boat operator to follow certain procedures in the event of an accident. The boat operator must immediately stop his vessel and attempt to help out those endangered because of the accident if he can safely do so. He must then provide his name and other identifying information in writing to anyone suffering injuries or property damage because of the accident. The operator must also immediately notify the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department if someone has died or is missing due to an accident.
Sigmon Law PLLC
Ernesto Sigmon has over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer. If you have been injured in a boating accident, you can talk to an experienced Houston personal injury attorney about your case.