Boating accidents can occur on small boats, navy vessels or large cruise ships. They often occur because of negligence on the sailor and can result in serious and deadly injuries.
A boating accidents are especially dangerous because of the added threat of drowning. A thorough investigation and evaluation of the causes of a boating accident should be conducted by an experienced legal team after a severe boating accident.
The Law Office of Ben Crittenden is a personal injury lawyer very knowledgeable about maritime law. Being located in Anchorage on Cook Inlet, we are familiar with the local waterways. We have an excellent understanding of personal injury law as well as the Jones Act and Maritime and Admiralty law.
If you or a loved one has suffered a boating injury, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden and let us review your case.
Jet Ski Accidents
Jet skis are fast, easy to maneuver and have provided great fun on waterways.
Hoever, jet skis can be very dangerous when driven by negligent, inexperienced, or intoxicated drivers. A person on a Jet Ski is more likely to get hurt than on any other type of watercraft. Injuries sustained when in a Jet Ski accident or collision can be severe and include drowning, death, carbon monoxide poisoning, burns, amputations, hypothermia, head injuries, and even disfigurement. And in the event a person is thrown for the Jet Ski, they may suffer broken bones or soft tissue injuries.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
The most common cause of serious injury or death in boating accidents are collisions. Other types of accidents include reckless driving, slip and falls, drunk driving, boat malfunctions and inexperienced operators.
With over one million personal watercraft vessels being used today, there are thousands of accidents with some leading to serious injury and even death.
Boating Safety Tips
Here are some boating safety tips for you to follow when out on our local waterways:
- Before leaving your home to enjoy a day out of the boat, check the weather forecast. Also, once out, if you notice a sudden shift in the wind or see lightning flashes and choppy water, this can mean a storm is developing. If this happens, you should head for shore immediately as storms can develop very quickly.
- Certain items are essential, such as a flashlight (extra batteries), matches, a map of the waterway, flares, sun tan lotion, first aid kit, and extra sunglasses. Those items sensitive to water should be placed in a watertight pouch or a container that floats.
- Make sure someone knows where you’re going, who is with you, and how long you’ll be away.
- Be sure to check your boat before leaving, such as the engine and fuel supply before leaving.
- Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim.
- Don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol use causes approximately 50% of all fatalities on our waterways.
- Use Coast Guard-approved life jackets for yourself and your passengers when boating and fishing.
Find a boating course in your area (Red Cross, U.S. Power Squadron, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Sailing, etc) — these courses teach about navigation rules, emergency procedures and the effects of wind, water conditions, and weather.
The Jones Act
If you work aboard a vessel as a seaman, crew member, or commercial fisherman, you are protected by the federal maritime law called the Jones Act, 46 USC 688. Under this act, crew members who are injured or die through negligence of their employer are provided comprehensive coverage.
Anchorage Law Firm Representing Boating Accident Victims – Free Consultations
Seriously injured in a boating accident in the State of Alaska? Want to know if you have a legal case? Want to know what your boating accident case is worth? Call Ben Crittenden, an experienced boating accident lawyer, at 907-771-9002 for a FREE legal consultation regarding your boating injury case. Visit our contact page to send us a message directly.