Experienced Oklahoma Boating Accident Attorneys On Your Side
Protecting your rights after a boating accident in Oklahoma
While boating is a pleasant recreational activity, boat accidents are extremely serious. In 2013, the Coast Guard counted 4,062 accidents that involved 560 deaths, 2,620 injuries, and approximately $39 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
If you or a loved one was injured in an Oklahoma boating accident, the attorneys at Stipe Law Firm are ready to explore your options for compensation, including medical expense reimbursement, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We have the experience and knowledge you need to get the results you deserve.
Consequences of boating accidents
Various kinds of boats, small and large, may be involved in accidents that cause severe or fatal injury. The Coast Guard regulates boating activities in America’s waterways and requires not only that boats be seaworthy but that they be equipped with specific kinds of lighting, navigation devices, warning horns, and a proper number of life jackets and flotation devices, as well as be operated by properly trained and licensed individuals.
Our Oklahoma boat accident attorneys can help you with all types of wrongful death and personal injury actions, including those that involve:
- Recreational boats. These include non-commercial fishing boats and speedboats, typically enjoyed by friends and family in recreational settings. Speedboats that are carelessly operated may collide with other boats, damaging or sinking them and causing their occupants to suffer serious injury or death. In 2014, there were 4,064 recreational boat accidents in which there were 610 fatalities. According to Coast Guard, in 2014, 23 percent of the related accidents were collisions between recreational vessels.
- Personal watercraft (PWC). These devices, also known as jet skis, are ridden like motorcycles and are popular for their speed and the freedom they give their riders. There is also significant risk of serious injury or death associated with them. According to a 1997 study by Iowa State University proposing a nationally required personal watercraft safety course, it was pointed out that 45 percent of accidents involving personal watercraft resulted in serious injury, while 2.1 percent resulted in someone’s death.
- Ferries and charter boats. Operators of these larger boats have an obligation to protect their passengers from hazards such as slip and fall accidents, flawed equipment, and even sinking. It is the responsibility of the boat operator to protect all passengers. If that person is negligent or reckless, or operates while intoxicated, he or she may be held liable for any injuries that occur.
There are other things that make boating accidents dangerous, not the least of which is the risk of permanent brain damage caused by near-drownings. According to the Coast Guard’s 2014 statistics, 418 of the 610 boating deaths that occurred that year were drownings; 83 percent of those drownings (345) were caused by just four types of accidents: flooding or swamping of the vessel (53), capsizing (122), leaving the vessel to swim, dive, etc. (53), and falling overboard (117).
If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident, you need to be represented by an attorney with the skill to get you the results you deserve.
Consult today with the Oklahoma boat accident lawyers you can trust
If you were injured or have suffered the loss of a loved one in a boating accident caused by another’s negligence, turn to the Stipe Law Firm for help obtaining the justice and compensation you deserve. Call 918-558-2255 or fill out our contact form to learn more about what our Oklahoma boating accident attorneys can do for you. From our McAlester office, we represent accident victims throughout the state of Oklahoma.