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Fishing Boat Accident Lawsuits

Fishing Boat Accident Lawsuits

Fishing Boat Accident Lawsuits

If you’ve been involved in a severe fishing accident that was no fault of your own, it’s crucial that you exercise your legal rights. We know that lawsuits can be overwhelming and stressful, which is why you need the support of experienced boat injury litigators to help you get financial compensation for your recovery and rebuilding your life.

Boat Accident Statistics

  • Eight thousand U. S. Coast Guard reported boating accidents occur each year.
  • There are about 2,400 maritime ocean accidents each year.
  • The most common type of boat accident is capsizing and collision with another boat.
  • National Safe Boating Council reports there are more than 700 boating deaths each year in the U. S.
  • Among boating accidents with fatalities, alcohol was the leading contributing factor in 16% of all boat fatalities.

Boat accident settlements often settle for larger dollar amounts because of the insurance requirements for commercial boat carriers.

Boating companies have teams of attorneys protecting their interests and will attempt to get accident victims to either drop their cases or settle for much less.

The reality is that many boat accident cases require a personal injury lawsuit to obtain sufficient compensation for your injuries.

Fishing Boat Accident Lawsuits

Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Boat Accident?

Injury victims should contact an experienced boat injury attorney immediately after an accident. An experienced lawyer understands the rules and regulations in the boating industry and can uncover any potential boat driver or boating company violations.

Accident attorneys are experienced in dealing with difficult insurance companies and know how they try and get out of paying for a victim's injury claims.

When filing a lawsuit, the victim may not know who is responsible for causing the accident. In most cases, the lawsuit will name every potential defendant who may have had a role in causing the boat accident.

The Defendants Can Include:

  • Boat Driver
  • Boating Company
  • Boat Lessee
  • Boat Manufacturer
  • Boat Owner
  • Insurance Company
  • Ship Parts Manufacturer
  • Other Boat Drivers
  • City or County Government


Boating Company Fault

Boating companies sometimes intentionally or recklessly violate transportation regulations and safety requirements to meet deadlines and increase their profit margins. Even if a boat driver is responsible for causing the accident, the boating company may still be liable for the negligence of their employee. 

Information to Collect When Involved in a Boat Accident

Information collected at the scene of an injury accident can be crucial to you getting financial compensation. You should always request the contact information of all parties involved in your accident should your lawyer need to contact them.

Get Evidence to Support Your Case

  • Name of Boat Driver
  • Name of Witnesses
  • Address of Boat Company
  • Boating License Number
  • Insurance Information of Driver
  • Phone Number of Boat Driver 
  • Phone Number of Boating Company
  • Take Photos 

Getting the correct information and evidence about your boat accident will ensure you’re able to pursue legal action and get financial compensation.

Compensation Damages From a Boat Crash

Compensatory damages are available to boat injury victims. Compensatory damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses in an injury accident. Compensatory damages in a boating accident lawsuit can include both “economic” costs and “non-economic” damages.

Types of Compensatory Damages Are:

  • Court Costs
  • Disfigurement 
  • ER Treatment
  • Future Medical Treatment 
  • Hospital Stays
  • Loss of Consortium for Spouse
  • Loss of Enjoyment in Life
  • Lost Earning Capacity
  • Lost Wages
  • Medical Bills
  • Medical Supplies
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Physical Disability
  • Physical Therapy
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Property Damages
  • Vessel Repairs 

How Long After a Boat Accident Can File a Lawsuit?

Whether a minor crash or a severe crash, boat accidents can take a long time to reach financial settlements. Most states allow plenty of time between a collision and the deadline for filing a lawsuit. Injured victims should contact a boat accident lawyer for advice on when to file. 

Understanding Your Statutes of Limitations

Every state is different regarding boat accidents and lawsuits. In most cases, victims have 1-2 years to seek legal action against the responsible parties for your injury. If you're concerned about your Statute of limitations timeline, a free case evaluation will help you understand your options.

Common Types of Boat Accidents

  • Boat Accidental Drowning
  • Boating Fatalities
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 
  • Collisions with Fixed Objects
  • Collisions with Other Vessels
  • Equipment Failure
  • Excessive Speed
  • Falling Overboard
  • Flooding and Swamping
  • Grounding
  • Hazardous Waters
  • Improper Lookout
  • Intoxication
  • Lack of Experience 
  • Operator Inattention
  • Propeller Accidents 
  • Run-Over Accidents 
  • Slip-And-Fall Accidents 
  • Violating Navigation Rules
  • Weather

Common Boat Accident Injuries

  • Amputation
  • Back Injuries 
  • Brain Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Burns
  • Coma
  • Fatality
  • Head Injuries
  • Hip Injuries
  • Internal Injuries
  • Knee Injuries
  • Leg Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Whiplash

Free Case Evaluation – Boat Accident Lawsuits

If you or a loved one has received an injury in a boat accident due to the negligence of others, we can help.

We have experienced boat accident lawyers that will hold negligent parties' responsible personal injuries, including wrongful death.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation case review. We can provide you with a 100% free case evaluation where we examine the details of your case and determine which legal strategies can best protect your future.


If you think you have a case, now is the time to reach out to a legal representative. If you believe that you have a boat accident case, we can help you now.

  • No Fees Charged Until Your Case is Won
  • Available 24/7 for Your Case Support
  • Our Team Will Travel to You

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8,000 boating accidents are reported by the U. S. Coast Guard each year.

 The National Safe Boating Council reports there are more than 700 boating deaths each year in the U. S. 

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Alcohol use is the leading cause of death and injury in boating-related accidents.

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