Recreational boating crashes can involve single vessels and collisions with yachts, jet skis, kayaks, and inflatable pontoons. And they often happen because of the careless behavior of someone involved.
In the event that your boating accident was caused by the carelessness of someone else, you have the right to obtain personal injury compensation for your losses. At Wright Pichon & Gray Law Group, we prioritize the recovery of damages to the fullest extent so victims are able to spend their time focusing on healing.
Liability in New Orleans Watercraft Wrecks
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the operator of the boat involved in an accident will be looked to for fault. Being intoxicated, distracted, and not having the necessary skills to properly operate a boat are all common reasons behind New Orleans boat crashes. There are some instances, however, in which the driver has done his or her part to operate the boat carefully, but an accident still occurs.
The manufacturer of the boat or those responsible for maintaining the engine and parts of the boat could have been neglectful if they knowingly installed malfunctioning parts or if they didn’t properly issue a recall. Boat manufacturers have a duty to sell watercraft that are safe when operated effectively; failure to do so puts those aboard the vessels at risk for injury.
Furthermore, additional passengers on a boat can be held accountable for their actions if their conduct played a part in the cause of the accident. A good example could be a group of friends who were interfering with the driver’s ability to safely maneuver the boat.
The Damages You Can Expect to Recover
It will be important that we consider each aspect of your damages so you are fully compensated for your losses. Generally, this includes economic damages like lost wages, loss of future earnings, and the complete extent of your medical bills.
Your non-economic damages, or those that aren’t easily quantifiable in dollars and cents, consist of hardships like mental anguish, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and the effects of disfigurement.
A judge may even feel that an award of punitive damages is appropriate as a form of punishment for the defendant’s egregiously negligent or malicious behavior. You should expect that, if you are awarded punitive damages, the total value of your claim will be significantly increased.
Get in Touch with a New Orleans Boating Accident Attorney
Having to suffer from serious injuries because someone else couldn’t be responsible is a terrible situation no one should have to go through. Fortunately, you can hold the liable party accountable for his or her actions and compel him or her to compensate you for the damage done.
When you’re ready to move forward with your personal injury claim, get in touch with a New Orleans boating accident lawyer at Wright Pichon & Gray Law Group.