With our coastlines and scenic lakes, it is no surprise that boat sales increased during the pandemic and social distancing. But an increase in boaters means more inexperienced people, creating unsafe conditions on our lakes and waterways. Unfortunately, this leads to an increase in boating accidents.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a boating accident, you need a Charleston injury attorney on your side who understands these types of claims. At Mickelsen Dalton, we have significant experience representing the injured and have dedicated our practice to this pursuit. We handle all claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning we charge no fees unless we win. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
How Mickelsen Dalton Can Help After a Boating Accident in Charleston
Boating accident injuries can range from minor to fatal. In the blink of an eye, your entire world can change. Bruises, whiplash, and burns are some minor injuries that may result from an accident. But we know that your day on the water can quickly become chaos when the injuries are more severe, such as broken bones, lacerations, amputation injury, traumatic brain injuries, and even death.
We are here to take some of that uncertainty away and fight for justice on your behalf. We have made it our mission to help Charleston injury victims fight the insurance companies who often take advantage of them.
Who May Be Liable in a Boating Accident?
Legal responsibility in a boating accident typically hinges on the concept of negligence. Boaters have a duty to operate their vessels in a manner that keeps others safe. When they fail to uphold this duty and it causes injury, they may be liable for the damages that victims suffer. Parties who may be liable include:
The operator of the boat that caused the accident, including if they were intoxicated, reckless, or disregarded boat safety laws or regulations
The owner of the boat if they loaned it to someone who was not qualified to operate it or if it was unsafe for operation
A rental or charter company, if the boat was unsafe or improperly maintained
Passengers on the boat if they interfered with the safe operation of the vessel
The boat or parts manufacturer, if a product or boat defect caused or contributed to the accident
Others depending upon the circumstances
The reality is that boating accidents can result in severe injuries that can alter the course of the victim’s life. Legally responsible parties may be required to compensate them for all losses, including medical expenses, both past and future, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, emotional distress, pain and suffering, property damage, and much more.
Your Trusted Charleston Boating Accident Lawyers Are Standing By
Mickelsen Dalton is ready to help you prove that somebody else’s negligence caused your boating accident. We believe in helping boating accident victims get compensation for their injuries because of another person in Charleston. We can help fight for you. Schedule your free consultation now with one of our boating accident lawyers and learn how we can help you.