Mt. Juliet and Lebanon TN
If you are involved in a boating accident, the consequences can go far beyond just ruining a fun day on the river or lake. You or your loved one could suffer a serious, or even fatal, injury.
The good news is that boating accidents in Tennessee appear to be on the decline. According to data compiled by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, in 2017 the number of reported boat incidents decreased compared to numbers for 2016—as did the number of fatalities, injury incidents, and property damage incidents. Nonetheless, if you or someone you love is injured due to a boating accident, the Law Office of Yancy Belcher wants to be sure that you understand your rights if you become injured in a boating accident because of someone else’s negligence.
Get the facts on boating accidents
From year to year, the most common cause of boating accidents in Tennessee is a collision with another vessel, but the cause of these collisions is changing. In 2017, the primary cause of the collision incidents was keeping an improper lookout, with most vessels being operated on recreational cruising at the time of the incident. There were 16 boating-related fatalities in 2017, 38 injury incidents, and alcohol or drug use contributed to 9.1 percent of all incidents on the waters in 2017.
Who is liable in the event of a boating accident?
Every year, the majority of boating accidents in Tennessee are caused either by being negligent—either in the form of operator inattentiveness or improper lookout. Violating the law by operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol and drugs also is a common and dangerous cause of boating accidents. If any of these are what results in a boating accident, then the operator of the boat is liable. The owner of a vessel may be responsible if the boat has not been properly maintained. Meanwhile, the manufacturer itself could be held liable if a product defect leads to an accident.
You have a legal right to hold negligent parties responsible in the event of an accident
A boating accident is no exception to this rule. We hope that you never are injured in any type of accident, whether it occurs on the roads, at home or on the water, but if you do, you will want to consult a qualified personal injury lawyer in Nashville. Hiring a lawyer with experience in injury law means you have a professional on your side with the knowledge to investigate the case, determine the cause of the injuries you have sustained, hold the negligent parties responsible, and help you to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries, pain, and suffering.
The Law Office of Yancy Belcher will be on your side no matter where an accident happens. We have a team of experts that will gather information on your case. Our team of legal professionals also will stay in contact with you during every step of the process, making sure you are up to speed on your options as well as your rights. To learn more, please contact our office by calling (615) 773-2889. We are proud to serve the Lebanon, Hermitage and Mt. Juliet, TN areas of Nashville.