Connecticut Boating Accident Attorney
Handling Boating & Recreational Watercraft Accident Claims
Connecticut is home to many lakes and waterways. Many residents of our state enjoy recreational boating—but what can start as a fun day on the water can end in tragedy when fellow boaters are careless, reckless, or downright negligent.
If you or someone you love was involved in a boating accident, RisCassi & Davis, P.C. is ready to help you get back on your feet. Our Connecticut boating accident attorneys have successfully represented numerous clients who were injured in devastating recreational watercraft accidents, as well as those who lost loved ones in tragic boating incidents. We understand just how catastrophic these events often are and the immense impact they have on victims and their families. We are ready to do everything in our power to protect your rights and recover the maximum compensation you are owed.
Who Is Liable for Boating Accidents?
Just as in other types of personal injury cases, determining liability is a key element of most boating accident claims. Typically, the liable person or party is the one who acted negligently or wrongfully and, as a result, caused the accident.
The specific circumstances surrounding the accident will play a critical role in determining who is liable for your damages, but the following people/parties are commonly responsible:
- The operator of the boat you were on
- The operator of another boat
- The operator of a personal watercraft, such as a jet-ski
- A boat passenger (either on the boat you were on or another boat)
- The owner of the boat if he/she allowed someone who was not qualified to operate it
- A rental company that owns/leases the boat
- The manufacturer of a defective boat/boat part
At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we represent victims of all types of boating accidents, including multiple boat collisions, collisions with fixed objects, jet-ski accidents, waterskiing/wakeboarding accidents, tubing and other tow accidents, and more.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
Because recreational boating is a fun, relaxing pastime, many boaters have a similarly relaxed attitude when it comes to safety. However, just like a car, a boat or personal watercraft is a large motor vehicle and can cause significant damage when it collides with other objects. Boat operators and passengers have a responsibility to follow all waterway rules and laws, avoid endangering others, and practice safe boating. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.
Some of the most common causes of boating accidents include:
- Operator inexperience
- Distracted boating/operator inattention
- Operating a boat or personal watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Navigational rules violations
- Failure to keep a proper lookout
- Excessive/unsafe speed
- Hazardous waters/weather conditions
- Machinery/equipment failure
- Defective boats, boat parts, and boating safety equipment, such as lifejackets
Sadly, many boating accidents lead to catastrophic injuries, such as near-drownings, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, amputation, and more. In the most tragic of cases, these accidents are fatal.
Helping You Fight for Justice
When another person’s carelessness or recklessness causes you injury or results in your loved one’s death, you need answers—and you need justice. RisCassi & Davis, P.C. is here to help you fight to hold the negligent person or party accountable for the harm, pain, and suffering you have endured. Our Connecticut boating accident lawyers are ready to help you seek compensation for your medical bills, lost income, disability, pain and suffering, and more.
We have successfully secured some of the largest personal injury settlements and verdicts in Connecticut history. We know how to aggressively protect your rights and best interests while providing you with the care, attention, and compassion you deserve. We do not charge any attorneys’ fees unless/until we recover compensation for you, and we are available to travel to meet with you anywhere in Connecticut if your injuries prevent you from coming to us.
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