Boating accidents are something we hear about during the summer months. The lakes and rivers of Missouri and Kansas provide an abundant array of recreational activities for thousands of water sport enthusiasts each year. Boaters and swimmers alike, head to the water when the weather heats up. Thankfully, most days out on the water will end with nothing more serious than a touch of sunburn. Unfortunately, sometimes the fun results in severe injuries or even fatalities due to careless or negligent drivers.

Many boating accidents are preventable. In fact, the majority of serious injuries related to boating and water sports are related to alcohol and drug use by the individuals operating the watercraft. The victims, and their families, injured because of this negligence have the right to sue for damages.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, wrongful death, paralysis or other damages. Our attorneys concentrate on pursuing full and fair compensation for clients who have been hurt through the negligence of others.

Boating Accidents – The Risks

Boats are motor vehicles without brakes. Unlike a car, boaters are not required to obtain a driver’s license, only a boater safety certification card (and only for those born after Jan 1, 1984). Boat owners have a duty to follow boating safety rules and act responsibly while operating watercraft. Thereupon protecting their passengers and others around them in the water.

Drowning is a risk when out on the water in a boat. Therefore, safety officials recommend that everyone in a boat wear a properly secured U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times.

Unfortunately, even proper life jacket use can’t protect against all risks and hazards inherent in boating. Speeding and reckless driving, as well as drinking and driving, can lead to boat collisions, beaching the boat suddenly, running over water skiers/swimmers/jet skis or striking fixed objects like docks and piers.  Negligence such as this can result in victims drowning, receiving concussions, head and brain injuries, back & neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, lacerations, broken bones, paraplegia or quadriplegia and even death.

Jet Skis and Other Personal Watercraft

Injuries suffered from a jet ski or personal watercraft are generally more severe. Riders are more exposed, just like on a motorcycle, and more prone to injury. Jet skis and personal watercraft are very popular with vacationers and are frequently rented from area rental companies. Unfortunately, many accidents occur every year from these rental riders as they generally have little to no experience operating the machine.

We Understand Boating Injuries | We Are Known For Winning Cases

Monsees & Mayer, P.C. is a Kansas City, Missouri, law firm. We understand boating accidents because we have handled countless cases related to recreational injuries. We know how to win injury cases because we have focused on helping injured victims and their families for decades. Our experience includes:

  • Accidents on Table Rock Lake, Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake, Stockton Lake, Pomme de Terre, Bull Shoals, Taneycomo, Lake Perry, Clinton Lake, Hillsdale Lake & Pomona Lake
  • Motor boat collisions
  • Jet ski accidents
  • Cases involving persons who were boating while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • Canoeing and kayaking accidents
  • Accidents related to drowning
  • Fishing and hunting accidents
  • Defective boats, fuel delivery systems, steering mechanisms and throttles
  • Negligent boat operation
  • Reckless boat operation
  • Prop injuries
  • Cases involving defective boating products such as life preservers and other equipment

Staying Safe

Taking proper precautions when you are setting out for some water-related fun can help dramatically reduce your chances of injury.

If you are heading out on a boat, wear your life jacket. Wearing one can literally mean the difference between life and death. If you are operating the boat, never do so after drinking, and try to keep others from operating their own boats after drinking.  Be sure to always maintain a safe speed and keep an eye on your surroundings.

In spite of your best efforts to keep yourself and your loved ones safe on the water, there is still the chance you can be injured because of the negligence of another individual.

Contact Us | The Consultation is Free

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating or water sport accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Monsees & Mayer, P.C. Our lawyers are here to help you understand your legal rights. We can help you obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact us for a free consultation.