Boating Accidents

Louisiana’s lakes, rivers and swamps offer recreational opportunities for boating enthusiasts year round. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, boating injuries and deaths are on the rise.
Leading the 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics’ “Top 10 Known Primary Contributing Factors of Accidents” is operator inattention with 567 accidents. However, there are many other common contributing factors that lead to boating accidents each year like:
-       Improper lookout
-       Operator inexperience
-       Excessive speed
-       Machinery failure
-       Alcohol use
-       Force of wave/wake
-       Hazardous waters
-       Navigation rules violation
-       Weather
-       Collision with recreational vessel
-       Flooding/swamping
-       Collision with fixed/submerged object
Boating accidents don’t always happen on the water though. According to the American Boating Association, 9 out of 10 boat trailering malfunctions and accidents can be directly traced back to negligently failing to hook up the boat correctly.
If you’ve been involved in a boating accident, call the experienced professionals at Guest Law Firm. We can evaluate your boating accident case and explain your legal rights. Call TODAY for your FREE consultation: (504) 466-8266.

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