Knoxville Boating Accident Lawyer
Waterway Accidents Require Seasoned Legal Help
Knoxville is blessed with many large lakes and rivers which add to the natural beauty of the area. These waterways are known as the “Great Lakes of the South,” and many people enjoy relaxing out on the water.
However, boats can get involved in accidents just like any other vehicle, and injured victims can suffer serious financial hardship following an accident. At Barnes Law, we stand up for injured victims and fight to get them the compensation they need to cover all their losses. Please contact us today to learn more.
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Types of Boating Accident Cases We Take
Boats can be involved in many types of accidents on our lakes and rivers, including:
- Collisions with other vessels
- Collisions with docks or other stationary objects
- Running ashore
- Hitting another boat’s wake
- Fires or explosions
We can represent you whether you were injured on your boat or as a passenger on someone else’s boat. We can also represent you if you were injured on a rental boat. It is important to realize that there is no “typical” boat accident, so meet with an attorney to discuss the particular details of your case.
What Causes Boating Accidents?
Generally, boating accidents are caused either by operator error or by a defect on the vessel. For example, an operator could cause a collision or other accident by operating the vessel recklessly, such as following another boat too closely. Other operators are impaired by drugs or alcohol, or they might become distracted by cell phones or other electrical gadgets just as a driver would. People who operate boats must use reasonable care, and the failure to do so qualifies as negligence.
Poor weather can contribute to accidents, but it is ultimately up to the operator not to take the boat out when visibility is low. Fog or rain might cause an operator to collide with a vessel, dock, or buoy. They can also run aground because they cannot see where they are going. Operating in poor conditions can also qualify as negligence.
In other cases, a defect with the boat is the culprit. For example, the boat’s wiring might be faulty, leading to fires. Or a part on the boat could malfunction, rendering it unstable. There might be many reasons why the boat is defective, such as defective design or manufacture, or the boat could have been repaired negligently.
Boating Accident Injuries & Compensation
Our clients can suffer many serious and painful injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Anoxic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
There is also a risk of drowning, especially when boaters are not wearing life vest. Although state law requires that those 12 and younger wear a life vest, the vessel might not have had any, or the vests might have been kept in an inaccessible location.
Our clients are often entitled to money to cover the cost of medical treatment and to replace lost wages. They also deserve a fair sum to cover property damage (such as damage to their boat) and for pain and suffering, which can be considerable. Meet with an attorney to review.
Who Is Liable for Your Injuries?
One of the first questions our clients have regards liability: who is to blame for the boat accident? We can sue for compensation if we can identify the person or entity to blame. Everything depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
For example, a negligent or reckless boat operator could be liable for your injuries. This might be the person operating the boat you were riding in or another vessel that struck you. Our Knoxville boating accident lawyer will need to review the circumstances to determine how the accident happened.
The boat owner might also be liable. For example, the boat might have been poorly maintained or lacked personal flotation devices. If you are injured, you could sue the owner, who might be different from the operator.
In other situations, the boat’s manufacturer could be liable. Some boats are defectively designed or manufactured. For example, the hull could have a vulnerability that causes the boat to capsize. When a defect causes injury, the manufacturer is liable under Tennessee law. We can sue for full compensation.
Speak with a Knoxville Boating Accident Lawyer Today
Boating accidents are complex, and injured victims should find an attorney with the necessary experience to effectively fight for fair compensation. At Barnes Law, we can meet to discuss your case if you call or send us an online message. Our consultations are free and confidential.
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