Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland.

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Personal Injuries Due to Boating Accidents

Posted Friday, November 1, 2019 by Chris Thayer

Alternative TextThe state of Washington enjoys beautiful views of the ocean, and many take to the water for recreation. However, the United States Coast Guard indicates that there were over 4,000 boating accidents in the United States last year, leading to thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths. If you were injured in a boating accident, knowing your rights can help you determine if you can receive compensation for your injuries.

*Federal Boating Laws*Washington state has enacted laws specific to the operation of water vessels and boats. However, in 1971, Congress passed the Federal Boat Safety Act. This federal law includes requirements for registration as well as navigational rules and regulations for boats. Depending on where your boating accident occurred, there also may be a chance that admiralty law may also apply. The laws regarding boating accidents in Washington state can be challenging to understand. Contacting an attorney who specializes in boating accidents and personal injury can help you determine which laws will apply in your case.

*Types of Boating Accidents *Coast Guard reports show that most boating accidents happen when operators have little to no formal boating instruction or safety training. Learning safety rules, taking formal instruction, and always wearing a life vest can help you possibly prevent an accident. However, the following are the most common causes of boating accidents on the waterways.

Unfortunately, many of these accidents are preventable. Twenty percent of all boating deaths include the use of alcohol.

*Proving Negligence*In order to prove negligence in a boating accident case, four elements must be met.

*Contact a Boating Accident Lawyer*If you were involved in a boating accident in the state of Washington and suffered injuries, you may have the right to recover compensation. Depending on your case, you may have the right to receive monetary recovery for medical bills, lost wages, or even pain and suffering. Contact a boating accident lawyer that specializes in personal injury law at the Pivotal Law Group at 206-340-2008 or online today to learn your options and how we can help you build a strong case.