Louisiana Boating Accident Lawyers
Experienced Louisiana Boating Accident Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights
Louisiana’s numerous waterways are filled with boats and other vessels. The vast number of boats and vessels results in accidents happening on our waterways every year. These boating accidents occur largely because people underestimate the dangers of watercrafts as compared to cars or simply do not understand the nautical “rules of the road” and safety laws.
Boating education is crucial to limiting boat accidents. Other safety precautions that can limit boating and yachting injuries, such as, wearing life jackets or installing “kill switches” (a lanyard device that will turn off an engine if an operator is thrown from a helm station) are not always utilized. Mansfield Melancon’s boat accident lawyers know the navigational rules and safety laws.
Given the nature of boating and yachting along with the direct and natural 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.
Mansfield Melancon’s boat accident lawyers handle personal injuries and deaths involving:
- Personal Watercrafts (Jet Skis & Wave Runners)
- Center Console Runabouts
- Cabin Cruisers
- Inflatable & Semi Rigid Inflatable Boats
- Go-Fast boats
- Kayaks, Paddleboards & Canoes
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 & Overloading.
Who Can Bring a Boating Accident Claim? What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive?
Individuals injured due to the negligence of a boat operator may be entitled to compensation in the form of payment of medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering associated with the accident.
Federal, state and international maritime laws each have their own regulations regarding boating accidents. As a result, building a claim to receive compensation can be a complicated process. 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.
It is important that you contact Mansfield Melancon’s boat accident lawyers if you or a loved one were involved in a yachting, boating or personal watercraft accident. Maritime law is very different than land based law, complete with its own filing deadlines and pleading requirements.
When Should I Call a lawyer?
If you are in need of reliable legal advice on how to proceed after a boating accident, contact Mansfield Melancon immediately to make sure your rights and interests are being protected. It is important to receive compensation for your boat accident. It is equally important to have a team of skilled lawyers who will provide the personalized attention your case requires and deserves. You can reach us at our New Orleans number at 504-500-1108, Baton Rouge number at 225-612-0800, Lafayette number at 337-409-0003, or you can contact us online. You can also send us an email with questions about your claim at email@example.com.