When considering boating accidents, you are almost automatically inclined to think of wild weather conditions, unpredictable waters and deathly currents, when slips, trips and falls are nothing but unavoidable.
Yet many boating accidents occur under far less severe conditions, nearer to shore, especially during the summer when the water is calm, but the atmosphere is relaxed and merry.
Common boating accidents
Forget dire boating conditions far out at sea, and think a little closer to home. Boating accidents occur, primarily, due to inexperience and inappropriate behaviour. Three of the most common boating accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Capsizing and swamping: prevent capsizing and swamping by evenly distributing the weight on your vessel, slowing down appropriately before turning, and ensuring no one leans a shoulder beyond the gunwale.
- Falling overboard: minimise the risk of falling overboard by staying seated during your time in the boat and never sitting on the gunwale, bow, or seat backs.
- Collisions with other boats or other objects: prevent these boating accidents by paying attention to navigational signs and adhering navigational rules, maintaining a safe speed, and never sailing under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Claiming compensation for boating accidents
If you have been involved in a boating accident through no fault of your own, and you believe a third party is to blame, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm and distress you have been made to endure.
All accidents are unique, which is why, at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation to all victims of personal injury. During this initial consultation, we aim to uncover the foundations of your claim, helping us to determine where liability is likely to lie, and your eligibility to claim.
Should we mutually decide to proceed with your claim, you can recuperate at home, with the peace of mind that our specialist legal team operate on a 100 per cent no-win, no-fee* basis.
Getting in touch with us
No matter whether you fell overboard near to shore, or suffered a severe boating injury far out at sea, whatever your story, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you.
For more information, and to receive your free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today, via our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice