Boating And Maritime Injury Claims

We all know that being on the roads and driving motor vehicles comes with certain rules that must be obeyed. However it’s easy to forget that our waterways are also monitored by rules and regulations. In NSW we are lucky to have access to some of the most beautiful waterways, and while you may remember to adhere to maritime laws and regulations, you could find yourself injured due to the negligence of someone else. If you become injured in a boating accident, you could be entitled to compensation for any injury and suffering caused.

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How do I know if I’m entitled to compensation for a boating injury?

Like motor vehicles, operation of boats and personal watercraft, comes with rules and regulations for operation. It is important to know and understand what the maritime laws are so you can ensure you are safe as a passenger or while operating a boat. Owners and operators of boats and personal watercraft have a responsibility to ensure their vessel is safe and adheres to regulation. This includes ensuring that passengers have access to, and are wearing a life jacket as required by maritime law. However, even if the vessel you are in is safe for operation, accidents can still happen due to another person’s negligence. Boating accidents can occur from:

  • Dangerous driving and driving under the influence
  • Poorly maintained vessel
  • Lack of safety equipment onboard
  • Collision with another boat, jetty, sandbank or other object in the water
  • The skipper being distracted or not following maritime rules
  • Falling overboard due to excessive speed or being knocked over
  • Unsafe operation

If you have been injured due to the negligence of the boat’s skipper or another boat’s operator or owner, you could be entitled to compensation. It is essential that you speak to a compensation lawyer as soon as possible after the boat accident so they can determine who was at fault and help to gather the right information for your case.

What can compensation lawyers do for me if I was in a boating accident?

As with motor vehicle injuries, after the accident, you should ensure you have gathered enough information to support your claim. Boating accidents should be reported to the authorities (police or maritime police), details should be written down at the time of the accident, photos should be taken (if possible) and you should gather names and details from any witnesses present.

It can sometimes be difficult to determine who was at fault when a boating accident occurs. That is why it is essential that you speak to a compensation lawyers as soon as possible to determine if you have a case for claiming compensation for any injury or suffering caused by the accident. At NSW Compensation lawyers, our experts will help you to put your case together and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Need help? Speak to one of our experienced compensation lawyers today on 02 9601 0088 and receive obligation-free advice on your compensation claim, with no upfront costs. If your compensation claim proceeds, our No Win, No Fee policy* means you will not have to pay our legal costs unless your claim is successful and you receive your compensation.

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