Cowes is a coastal town on the Isle of Wight, which is off the English coast. Since 1815 the town has become famous for its international yachting events, with Cowes Week, held in the first week of August, being the oldest regular regatta in the world. There are the towns of Cowes and East Cowes, which are respectively on the west and east banks of the Medina estuary. Because the Isle of Wight was subject to various attacks by the French, forts were built in the reign of Henry VIII in what were then called East and West Cowes. You can still see the fort in Cowes, although it is believed that the one built in East Cowes was abandoned at sometime in the mid-16th century and later destroyed.
The seas and oceans are unpredictable, so despite the best communication systems and technology, yachting accidents occur. Some accidents are freak ones resulting from natural forces, such as sudden gusts of wind. Others, of course may be the result of another person’s negligence or irresponsibility. In May 2014, four British yachtsmen were missing presumed dead, after getting into difficulties 620 miles east of Cape Cod. The crew were sailing back from Antigua after taking part in a regatta.
In August 2011 a yacht taking part in the Cowes Week regatta crashed into a tanker off Egypt Point, Isle of Wight, but luckily no one was seriously hurt, although the yacht was damaged and two people from the yacht were treated for their injuries. It was later found that the yacht’s crew had broken maritime law, and that being the case, the crew were to blame for the accident.
Solicitors in Cowes and personal injury claims
If you are injured in a yachting accident, or any other type of accident, you must be able to prove that it was not your fault if you wish to make a personal injury compensation claim. Solicitors in Cowes or others, may be able to help you build a case to prove that you were not to blame for the accident in which you were injured.
Solicitors in Cowes, for example, can also help if you have been diagnosed with an illness that can be proven to have been the result of another person’s negligence.
If you think that you have a personal injury compensation claim to file, you need to find out how long you have before your right to claim expires. You can get this information from solicitors in Cowes, for instance, or from us at Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline
Call us at Accident Advice Helpline whenever you can, as our freephone lines will be open. We can advise you about any aspect of your potential personal injury compensation claim and can probably find an expert solicitor to deal with your claim. Call us on 0800 689 0500 on a landline, or 0333 500 0993 on a mobile. Why not call now for expert legal advice?