Northern Kentucky Boating Accident Lawyers
Facts about Boating Accidents
According to the United States Coast Guard, in 2015, there were 626 deaths attributed to boating accidents in the U.S. That year, 2,613 people were injured in boating accidents. The fatality rate was 5.3 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vehicles, which represents an increase over 2014. Some important facts about boating accidents include:
- Most victims (76%) of fatal boating accidents drown.
- More than 8 out of 10 boaters who drown weren’t using life jackets.
- 80% of boaters who drowned were in boats under 21 feet in length.
- Alcohol is a contributing factor in 17 percent of boating-related deaths in the U.S.
Boating Accidents in Kentucky
Kentucky’s plentiful lakes, bays, rivers, and streams offer unparalleled recreational opportunities for enthusiasts of freshwater sports and pastimes. With our state’s incomparable scenery and abundant resources, it’s not surprising that boating is a favorite activity.
According to the Coast Guard, interest in boating and boat ownership is on the rise. The agency’s latest report puts the number of registered boats in the U.S. at more than 11,867,049. Unfortunately, the Coast Guard confirms that boating is becoming more dangerous, too. While the number of accidents has dropped slightly, injuries and deaths from boating accidents have increased.
For more than 30 years, the Truck Crash Guys have provided legal representation to residents of Kentucky. Our firm’s attorneys are ready to help you if you were injured by someone carelessly operating a boat, or worse, if you lost a loved one as a result of the careless operation of a boat.
Causes of Boating Accidents
Our experienced Kentucky accident lawyers know that alcohol often plays a role in boating accidents. We are adamant in our belief that boat operators must be held to the same standards of safety on our waters as they are on our roads.
According to Coast Guard research, alcohol was a contributing factor in 308 boating accidents in the U.S. in 2009, causing 330 injuries and 120 deaths. Other top-five contributing factors to boat accidents include:
- Inattentive operation of boats
- Inexperienced operators
- Excessive speed
- Failing to keep a lookout for other boats, objects, and people
Types of Boating Accidents
All of the five factors that contribute to boating accidents are controllable items that need not lead to accidents, injuries, or the loss of innocent lives. When it comes to the types of accidents that take place on our waterways, collisions with other recreational vessels rank first. Mishaps involving skiers, collisions with fixed objects, flooding, and capsizing complete the top-five list of types of accidents.
Our Accident Experience Makes a Difference
The experience that our Kentucky personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have gained in representing victims of accidents confirms the fact that many injuries and deaths are caused by irresponsible actions on the part of others. Negligence also plays a key role in the circumstances that take lives and leave victims with life-long effects from injuries sustained in boating accidents.
At the Truck Crash Guys, you will find experienced professionals who will evaluate your boating accident case and explain your legal rights. If we can help you, our firm will invest in the experts and investigators necessary to build a strong case designed to recover any compensation to which you’re rightfully entitled. If we don’t recover monetary damages for you, then you owe us no fees. Call today and request your free consultation. If you are unable to come to our offices, our Kentucky accident attorneys will meet with you at home or in your hospital room.
Free Consultation with Our Northern Kentucky Boating Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a boating accident in the Northern Kentucky Greater Cincinnati area, you need an attorney from this area to help you. Blau & Kriege is located right off of I-275 on Alexandria Pike (US 27) just south of NKU in Cold Spring, KY. Learn more about our fees in boating accident cases and why clients choose us. Contact us for a free consultation to learn your legal options and protect your rights. CALL TODAY: 859-441-5400 or e-mail us at email@example.com