Did you know you may be able to sue if a big wave caused your boating or watercraft accident? Here’s what you need to know.

Did a Wave Cause Your Boating Accident? Here’s What You Can Do


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9/26/2015
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We all know the danger of rough seas. A large wave can rock a boat to the point that passengers are tossed about on board or even thrown completely overboard. Rough water can be to blame for many common and dangerous boating injuries. Most safe boaters know not to go out in rough weather because of the danger of wind and waves, but sometimes the dangerous wave is caused by another boater.

Holding the Negligent Party Responsible

If you were enjoying a nice day on the water and another large or fast boat caused a wake that resulted in you or someone on your boat becoming injured, you may be able to sue for negligence. A judge will take a variety of factors into consideration when determining if the boater was liable, including:

  • Where the wave occurred. A judge will likely look at where the accident took place to determine if the person who caused the wake was at fault. For instance, if the boats were in a no-wake zone, which is commonly found in marinas and harbors, and created any kind of wake that caused the accident, there’s a good chance the person who created the wave would be held liable.
  • The traffic in the area. If a boat was speeding around other boats and causing large waves, the driver may be held negligent. Creating such waves can cause passengers to fall overboard, which is dangerous in certain areas that have a good amount of traffic, as passengers can get run over or injured by the propellers. The waves can also cause boats to crash into other boats.

Don’t Allow the Person Responsible for Your Injuries to Get Away With It

Boating and watercraft injuries are just as dangerous—and expensive—as automobile accidents. If you were injured in a car crash, you would likely hire an attorney to fight for you, and you should do the same if you are hurt in a boating accident. The Andrew Kim Law Firm will do all we can to prove your innocence and hold the person who is responsible accountable for his actions.



Category: Boat and Watercraft Accidents

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