Anyone who has traversed the open waters off the coast of Massachusetts or its beautiful lakes and rivers probably knows just how breathtaking, exhilarating, and enjoyable an experience boating in the Bay State can be. People live in and come to this region because of its proximity to water, which not only offers whale watching and pleasure boating opportunities, but also business activities like commercial fishing and transportation.
While many New Englanders take to the water each year, boating - like any other activity - can be dangerous when not done carefully. As boating traffic has increased in recent years, so too have the number of boat accidents. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, more than 4,500 boating accidents happen each year, resulting in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries, and tens of millions of dollars in property damage. Given the potentially drastic effects of a boat accident, it is important that a person injured aboard a vessel seek the counsel of an experienced Yarmouth boating accident attorney who understands the legal issues involved in these cases.Boat Accident Law Firm
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, we draw on more than 146 years of combined legal experience to represent clients throughout the state in a wide range of personal injury matters, including those related to accidents on the water. We have the resources, skill, and trial experience to help you get back on your feet after an injury on the water.
From slip and fall incidents to boat crashes and drownings, boaters can be injured out on the open water in many different ways. These accidents are often caused by boat operators who are not properly trained, or who simply fail to operate their vessels in a safe and reasonable manner. A driver who is not attentive to waves, weather, or other conditions, for example, can cause passengers to fall overboard. In addition, boaters who operate while intoxicated pose a hazard to both the people on their boats as well as others who are out enjoying the water. Meanwhile, a poorly maintained boat can cause slip and fall accidents, and missing or incorrectly used rescue equipment can contribute to accidental drowning.Litigating Boat Accident Claims
A person injured aboard a boat due to the negligence of a driver or other person is legally entitled to seek damages to cover medical bills, missed work, and pain and suffering among other recovery. If you lose a loved one in a boating accident, you may be entitled to seek similar damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, we are well-versed in the legal issues that often arise in boat accident cases. Whether your boating injuries were caused by the driver of the boat you were on, or caused by another boat's captain or crew, we understand how courts look at these cases, and we know how to reconstruct an accident in order to prove liability. Our attorneys also stand ready to assist professional boaters injured on the job obtain benefits and seek recovery from any liable third parties.If you have been injured in a boat accident in Massachusetts, contact the Massachusetts personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III. We are available to discuss your case in a free initial consultation, and offer flexible evening, weekend and offsite hours. We are proud to represent clients in a number of coastal communities including Dennis Port, Falmouth, and Chatham. Call us at (888) 262-6664 or contact us online. Nós Falamos Português.