Regardless of how cautious you have been on the water, it’s sometimes impossible to avoid a boating incident or injury if someone is acting irresponsibly. Traditionally, boating incidents are treated like most other personal injury cases, just with a few more factors at play. If you’ve been involved in an accident with another aquatic vessel, fell overboard due to negligence by someone else, capsized at the hands of another vessel, or were injured while engaging in any other type of water activity where others were at fault, a knowledgeable, experienced Texas boating accident attorney can help you navigate this complicated situation and get you the compensation you’re entitled to.
One of the major complications in boating cases occurs when attempting to determine whether state law, federal maritime law, or both apply to a specific case. Making this determination can be confusing and demands the assistance of an accomplished boat accident attorney in Texas. In-depth legal analysis must be conducted to accurately determine the appropriate legal path to take when pursuing your maritime injury claims. Additionally, there could potentially be products liability claims that also need to be taken into consideration and pursued.
Watercraft operators are required to follow the rules and requirements of the Texas Water Safety Act, which is applied to all public waterways in the state of Texas. Paired with this, many localities also hold their own sets of regulations their users must follow. Generally, the operators have the duty to operate their craft safely and follow all rules while on the water. This responsibility is similar to the duties applied to automobile drivers when operating their vehicles on the road. As such, when an operator uses their vehicle irresponsibly they must be held accountable for their actions; especially when injuries are incurred. If you’ve been injured in a maritime accident, contact the Texas boat injury attorneys at Behr Law Firm to help you recover any compensation you’re entitled to.