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Boating Accidents

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 had occurred.

The common contributing factors in boating accidents include:

  • Operator inattention
  • Operator inexperience
  • Improper lookout
  • Excessive speeding
  • Drinking and boating
  • Mechanical failure
  • Navigation rules violation
  • Weather
  • 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 boating accidents.

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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.

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