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In 2014, the Coast Guard reported 610 deaths, 2,678 injuries and $39 million dollars of property damage as a result of recreational boating accidents on waterways in the United States. Boating accidents often happen due to the negligence of boat operators, passengers and other unexpected factors that cause serious harm and injury. The Minot, North Dakota boating accident attorneys at Larson Law Firm, P.C. are your biggest legal ally if you have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence. We understand that accident injuries can ruin your quality of life and leave you feeling angry and helpless. As your trusted legal consultant, we are fully committed to recovering maximum monetary damages on your behalf such as lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Causes of recreational boating accidents
According to the United States Coast Guard, alcohol use was involved in 21% of boating-related deaths. It is the responsibility of the boat operator to follow North Dakota boating and water safety laws. Boat operators are also liable for accidents that are caused by passengers on board their boat. Common causes of recreational boat accidents include:
- Boat operator is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Excessive boating speeds
- Careless and distracted boat operation
- Improper lookout while towing skiers
- Inexperienced boat operator
- Equipment and mechanical failure
- Bad weather
- Violation of navigational rules
- Rough water conditions such as force of waves or wakes
How do you report a boat accident in North Dakota?
In North Dakota, federal law states that boating accidents must be reported in a timely manner. For accidents involving injury or death, you must submit a report to the North Dakota Fish and Game Department within 48 hours. For property damage, you have up to five days to report the boat accident. According to North Dakota’s boating and water safety regulations, boat operators must report the following types of accidents when:
- A passenger dies
- A passenger requires first aid treatment due to injuries
- A passenger disappears in the water and can’t be found
- Total property damage is more than $2000 or the boat is a total loss
Since you have to report an accident within a specific timeframe, it’s important to immediately talk to a knowledgeable legal advisor. Our Minot, North Dakota boating accident attorneys guide you through each step when filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Connect today with our experienced Minot, North Dakota boating accident attorneys
At Larson Law Firm P.C., we care about your well-being and take on the legal battle for you, so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. Schedule a free consultation today with one of our boating accident attorneys. To discuss your personal injury case, contact us online today or call 701-484-HURT. For your convenience, our Minot office has accessible parking and we make home and hospital visits.