Water Activities That Lead to Maritime Accidents
Attorney Brian White practices personal injury law exclusively, so clients benefit from specialized experience where they need it. He is one of only 3% of attorneys who are board-certified in personal injury law. His experience and willingness to aggressively pursue fair compensation for each of his clients has earned him a reputation for success. The Houston Chronicle reports an average of 30 fatalities on Texas lakes, rivers, and on the Gulf Coast in an average year from boating accidents. If an accident on the water leaves you with injuries, Brian White is the maritime accident injury attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Recreational Water Accidents
Texas has the Gulf Coast, over 150 lakes, 15 major rivers, and hundreds of named streams. The long Texas summers provide perfect opportunities for enjoying the waters in and around the state. Boating, personal watercraft, swimming, and fishing are all popular recreational activities people pursue year-round in Texas. When everyone takes reasonable safety precautions, these can all be fun and harmless, but when someone is negligent, a fun day on the water can become a tragic day of injury or death.
Boaters and operators of personal watercraft may travel too fast to recognize hazards in time or avoid other watercraft when their paths cross. Boating under the influence is a crime in Texas, just as driving is. Many boaters looking to enjoy their time on the water, however, consume too much alcohol and may be impaired while operating their watercraft.
Simply operating a boat or other watercraft while distracted can cause accidents and injuries. Distractions from cell phones, talking to others with them, or failing to be aware of what is nearby often causes watercraft operators to crash into others.
Injured Maritime Workers
Many workers in Texas make their living as crew members of vessels or working on and around large ships in Texas. Unlike most employees, workers’ compensation does not cover maritime workers. Individuals injured while working in the maritime industry may sue an employer for negligence that caused their injuries, may sue the owner of the vessel under the federal doctrine of unseaworthiness, or may receive “maintenance and care,” which requires employers to provide care for employees regardless of who was at fault in the accident. The Longshore Act, which provides compensation for maritime employees, may cover employees who are not part of a ship’s crew.
Near the Texas coast, you may find a few ferries in operation, including the Lynchburg Ferry just outside Houston. It is among the oldest continually running ferries in the nation. Ferries at Galveston and Crystal Beach also transport many people on a regular basis. Ferry accidents are rare; however, when an accident does take place, the results may be serious.
Seeking Compensation for Water Accidents
When the negligence of others causes an accident and injury to you or someone you love, the law entitles you to seek compensation for the damages suffered. You do not have to bear the financial burden for medical treatment and lost wages that result from the carelessness of others. The law entitles you to seek compensation for hospital expenses, doctor bills, medical equipment, lost wages due to missed time at work, and wages lost due to diminished earning capacity. In many cases, you may deserve compensation for the pain and suffering you endure from your injury.
Call Attorney Brian White
Brian White aggressively pursues compensation for injury victims and has a track record of recovery in 99% of the clients he represents. Contact Brian White today for a free, no-obligation consultation. He will meet with you personally to hear your story and discuss your case. There is no fee due upfront, and you will owe nothing unless he gets you compensation for your injury. Call today and let Brian White fight for your rights.