West Virginia Boating Accident Attorney
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In West Virginia, there are many residents and visitors who enjoy recreational
boating. Unfortunately, boating accidents occur frequently, resulting
in serious injuries and even fatalities. If you were injured in a boating
accident that was caused by another’s negligence or recklessness, our
West Virginia personal injury attorneys at
Berthold Law Firm, PLLC are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve.
Boating Accident Statistics
According to the 2015 report conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard, approximately
4,158 boating accidents occurred in the country. Due to those accidents,
626 deaths, 2,613 injuries, and around $42 million of property damage
The common contributing factors in boating accidents include:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Improper lookout
- Excessive speeding
- Drinking and boating
- Mechanical failure
- Navigation rules violation
- Hazardous waters
- Force of wave or wake
Many of the causes listed above are not considered “inherent risks.”
Instead, they are examples of negligent conduct. For example, alcohol
use is a concern in the waters while behind the wheel of a vessel as much
as it is a concern on land while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
The U.S. Coast Guard considers alcohol use as the leading cause of fatal
Ready to Start Your Case Right Away!
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to take legal
action against the boating owner or operator, the boat rental company,
vessel manufacturer, or even a tour guide. Our West Virginia boating accident
lawyers can investigate your accident and gather crucial evidence to build
an effective and customized legal strategy to recover your compensation.
Contact us and schedule a
free consultation today.