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Boating Accidents

Boating accidents kill hundreds and injure thousands of people each year. In a state such as Minnesota, with our multitude of lakes and the popularity of water activities, boating safety is extremely important. When boating accidents occur, a prompt and thorough investigation and proper legal representation is crucial to protecting the rights of victims who deserve compensation for their losses and suffering.

According to the US Coast Guard, the most common causes of boating accidents include:

  • Operator negligence, inattention, or errors (involved in 70% of all boating accidents)
  • Careless or reckless operation of a boat
  • Operator inexperience
  • Alcohol use (involved in one out of three boating accident deaths)
  • Passenger or skier behaviors
  • Excessive speed
  • No proper lookout on the boat
  • Machine failure or defect
  • Equipment failure or defect
  • Weather or water conditions

Furthermore, the common types of accidents include collisions with other boats or objects, skiing accidents, overboard falls, and capsizing.

Following a serious boating accident that involves property damage, personal injury, or death, an official report should be filed with state authorities. Once medical concerns have been handled, contact Undem Law Office to schedule a consultation and examine your case to determine the best way to help protect your legal interests and maximize your chances of getting the compensation you deserve for your losses and suffering.