Boating Accidents

Boat Accident Lawyer in Decatur AL

Huntsville Boat Accident Attorneys

We can help you in Madison, Morgan, Lawrence and Limestone Counties and the surrounding areas.

Boating is one of the most popular outdoor hobbies in Decatur, Guntersville, Athens and Huntsville, Alabama. Boating and fishing are almost state sports in Alabama. Many people enjoy spending time on their ski boats or fishing boats on the weekend or vacation. And though it is widely considered a fun and relaxing sport, recreational boating and fishing has a dark side. In 2020, boating accidents in the United States resulted in 3,331 injuries and 709 deaths. Waterways are second only to highways in terms of the number of accidental deaths occurring on them.

Causes of Huntsville Alabama Boating Accidents

The main causes of these boating accidents are attributable to the following acts of negligence:

  • Alcohol
  • Excessive speed
  • No proper lookout
  • Operator inattention
  • General carelessness
  • 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
  • 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
  • Overcrowding & Overloading

Errors can also be caused by government or independent entities such as Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) or the U.S. Core of Engineers. Not surprisingly, excessive alcohol consumption plays a role in 17 percent of boating accidents. Boating accidents involve many different types of watercraft. Open motorboats were responsible for 43 percent of boating accidents, personal watercraft for 23 percent, and cabin motorboats for 15 percent.

What Should you do After a Boating Accident?

After ensuring the safety of everyone involved in a boating accident, it is essential to take certain steps to protect your rights and gather crucial information. First and foremost, gather essential information from all parties involved in the accident, as well as any witnesses present at the scene. This includes obtaining names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the boat operators and passengers on all vessels involved. Additionally, collect the contact information of any eyewitnesses who may have observed the accident from shore or other vessels. It is important to note down the registration or identification numbers of the other vessels involved as well.

In order to establish the liability of the other boat operator, it is advisable to document the damage sustained by your boat and the exact location where the accident occurred. Capture photographs of the damages and the surrounding area as evidence, as this can be crucial if you need to prove the responsibility of the other party.

It is important to be aware of the legal requirements regarding boating accidents. According to federal law, a boating accident report must be filed under certain circumstances. These include instances where someone is fatally injured, requires medical care beyond basic first aid, or where vessel or property damages equal or exceed $2,000. If a vessel is completely lost or destroyed, or if someone goes missing under circumstances indicating injury or death, it is also necessary to file a boating accident report.

However, it is equally important to consider the legal implications of the accident and the potential for obtaining compensation for your injuries and losses. Seeking the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney, such as those at Martinson & Beason, can greatly benefit your case. Their expertise will ensure your rights are aggressively protected, particularly if the accident was caused by the negligence of another person. They can assist you in evaluating the extent of your injuries and the resulting financial impact, such as lost wages and mounting medical expenses. By leveraging their experience, you can pursue the compensation you are entitled to.

Remember, taking immediate action by contacting Ferguson & Ferguson today will set you on the path to securing the compensation you deserve following a boating or jet ski accident.<

Safety Tips to Reduce Risks of Boating Accidents

  • Stay sober while operating a boat
  • Check the weather forecast before heading out for a boat trip.
  • Keep your boat under the maximum capacity
  • Keep a floatation device for each passenger on board
  • Complete a course on boating safety
  • Inspect your boat before you head out
  • Be cautious of propeller safety, especially if children are on board
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on your boat

Damages You Can Recover

The Law Office Of Ferguson and Ferguson is a experienced boating accident law firm with a long track record of obtaining for clients the compensation and accountability they deserve. An individual who negligently operates a boat may be liable for a wide variety of damages that an accident can cause, including but not limited to the following:

  • Disability and Disfigurement
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Mental and Emotional Distress
  • Out of Pocket Expenses
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Property Damage

Don’t let an insurance company decide what your personal injury claim is worth, contact us today. It’s our job to get you the money you’re truly owed.

Why Hire Boating Accident Attorneys Ferguson and Ferguson

The law offices of Ferguson and Ferguson takes pride in giving each client individual and personal attention.

  • We are committed to excellent client service.
  • We care about our clients, and have patience.
  • Free phone consultation 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays
  • Free office consultation as late as 7 p.m. and Saturdays also
  • Locations near you
  • We answer all our clients calls, or return them promptly.
  • We keep our clients informed of the status of their case.
  • We make sure that our clients understand each step of their case.
  • We have great compassion for the physical, emotional, and financial problems that our clients suffered, and will do everything possible to get them through their difficult time.

Free Boat Accident Consultation

It is crucial to receive legal advice that can guide you seamlessly through the complexity of maritime law to ensure that the maximum amount of damages available for your case will be retrieved. If you or a family member finds yourself the victim of a boating accident, consult attorneys trained in the rules and regulations governing boating accidents. At Ferguson & Ferguson, our Decatur and Huntsville boat accident attorneys have extensive experience handling boating accident cases. We take every necessary step to investigate the possible causes of your accident so that you receive full compensation for any pain and suffering your boating accident has caused you. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a boating accident, call Ferguson & Ferguson at (256) 350-7200 or 256-534-3435. All initial consultations are free of charge. If we take your case, we work on a contingent-fee basis. That means you pay us only if you receive a monetary reward or recovery of fees. Call us now, because you may have a valid claim entitling you to compensation for the injuries, pain, and suffering a boating accident has caused you. We have offices conveniently located in downtown Decatur and Huntsville, Alabama. We are here to help.

Huntsville Office Location:
303 Williams Avenue SW
Suite 321
Huntsville, AL 35801

Decatur Office Location:
211 Oak Street NE
Decatur, AL 35601

Our boat injury attorneys serve every city and county in the State of Alabama.