Have you suffered a Havant accident whilst sailing?
Although not everyone is able to live by the coast, numerous people do like to get out on the sea as often as possible. As many coastal areas offer shipyards and docks for people to leave their boats in, it’s possible for people living in more urban areas to keep a yacht or sailboat for when they are able to get to the seaside.
Whilst many people are keen to own their own vessel, sometimes this isn’t possible. The cost of purchasing a yacht or boat, in addition to the maintenance and upkeep costs, can mean that it’s over budget for many people.
However, even those who aren’t able to buy a boat outright still manage to sail from time to time. Many people opt for timeshares in a vessel so that they co-own it with other people. Others prefer to rent a vessel for a day, a week or for months at a time. Although this can prove more costly in the long-term, it does mean that you can use the boat whenever you please and that you aren’t responsible for the general maintenance of the vessel.
Of course, when you rent a boat or a yacht, it’s important to ensure that it’s in good condition. Whilst it may be possible to rectify any issues whilst you’re close to the shore, a Havant accident may occur if you don’t realise something isn’t working until you’re at sea.
As boats and yachts rely on a whole range of mechanics, it is possible for something to go wrong whilst you’re at sea. However, most experienced sailors are able to rectify any issues and return to the shore safely. In addition to this, most coastal areas are covered by coastguards and the RNLI who assist those in trouble. Luckily, many incidents and injuries are avoided because of the actions of the coastguards and the RNLI teams.
If, however, you do suffer a Havant accident whilst you’re at sea, you may be able to take action against those responsible once you’ve received treatment for the injuries you’ve sustained. If, for example, you rented a boat and it was damaged or it malfunctioned in some way, it could be the rental company’s fault and they could be held liable for the Havant accident.
If, for example, they had failed to maintain or repair their vessels and this resulted in a Havant accident, you could potentially make a claim against them. Don’t forget – it isn’t just the person who rented the vessel from them that can make a claim. If more than one person was hurt in a Havant accident, they could all make separate claims in order to obtain compensation.
If you’d like to know more about making a claim or obtaining compensation, just call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile phone and we’ll do our very best to help.
Date Published: 5th July 2014