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Rhode Island is called the “Ocean State” for good reason, with so many large bays and inlets, water accounts for about 14% of the total area of the state.  With such an abundance of open water Rhode Islander certainly has earned the reputation as a seafarer’s paradise.  Unfortunately, due to the sheer number of boats out on the water at any given time within Rhode Island waters and offshore, boating accidents in Rhode Island happen frequently - often leaving people injured in their wake. 

 

Whether you are injured from a boat crash while on a private vessel, injured due to a collision or ejection from a personal watercraft, suffered a slip and fall on a dock/at a marina, or injured on board a ferry/charter boat, it is very important to contact a skilled local Rhode Island boating accident lawyer to help you recover full and fair compensation for your injuries.  If you are ready to move forward with your boat accident case call us at 401-228-8271.  We offer a completely free consultation to discuss the specifics of your injuries and case.

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A boating accident is a traumatic experience for all involved and the injuries that result take a lasting physical, emotional, and financial toll on the victim and their loved ones.  Boating injuries can be complex and having a skilled and aggressive Rhode Island boating injury lawyer by your side is vital to ensuring that you receive the full compensation that your claim deserves.  In many cases time is of the essence and your lawyer should begin working on your case by:

  • Securing evidence

  • Tracking down witnesses

  • Establishing the type of watercraft and identity of manufacturer

  • Identifying other responsible parties – including the registration and title of the other boat

  • Obtaining the CG-3685 Boating Accident Report

  • Obtaining pertinent medical records

  • Contacting the insurance companies and establishing your claim

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER HIRING A BOATING ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?

If you have been injured in a boating accident, you need an attorney that will fight for you.  Here is what you should expect:

  • Your lawyer should see you in person, whether at the office, your home, or the hospital.

  • Gather evidence about the boat accident, how it happened, and who may be responsible.

  • Determine the party or parties who may be liable.

  • Figure out what your case is worth.

  • Negotiate with the other parties or their attorneys.

  • File a lawsuit if need be.

  • Build a case for settlement or trial, depending on your needs

BOATING ACCIDENTS: COMMON INJURIES​

Drowning is by far the greatest risk to a person involved in a boating accident, particularly if they are not wearing a life jacket.  While those that survive boating accidents face other serious medical issues such as cardiac arrest, hypothermia, and carbon monoxide poisoning, traumatic physical injuries are the most common and include:

  • Spinal Injuries

  • Abdominal Injuries

  • Closed Head Injuries

  • Spinal Fractures

  • Appendicular Skeletal Fractures

  • Neurological Injuries

If the accident was the result of a person, company, or government organization, you may be entitled to financial compensation.  Call the RI boating accident lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. at (401) 228-8271 today, there is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless you get paid.

WHAT DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS OF BOATING ACCIDENTS?

If you have been injured in a boating accident in Rhode Island you may be entitled to damages through a lawsuit or settlement.  Rhode Island law will allow you to recover the following damages:

ECONOMIC DAMAGES

  • Medical expenses, including past, present, and future bills

  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs

  • Lost wages, both from missed work and missed future earning potential

  • Household bills

  • Transportation costs

NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES

  • Pain and suffering

  • Anxiety and post-traumatic stress (emotional distress)

  • Loss of companionship or consortium

  • Lifestyle impairment

In the most tragic cases boating accidents can result in death.  Of course there is no amount of money that can bring a loved one back or fill the void left by their absence.  Nevertheless, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to recover funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.

At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our RI boating accident injury attorneys will fight for every dollar you deserve.  On these types of cases it is often helpful to work closely with expert witnesses to ensure that your injuries and damages are valued fully.  This extra effort makes sure that you recover all you are entitled to for your injuries.

 
 
 

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WHO IS LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE IN FOR BOATING ACCIDENT INJURIES?

Unlike driving a car or truck on marked roads with signs, traffic signals, and clear rules of the road, watercraft operators are faced with a whole host of issues unique to boating.  While the freedom that the open water provides is part of the allure of boating, it can also make it more dangerous.  Waves and currents can be unpredictable, sudden shifts in the weather can make visibility difficult, and the spaciousness can make it difficult to determine rights of way.  Combine those factors with the inherent difficulty of stopping or turning a boat quickly, and accidents can seem almost inevitable.  Some accidents may be unavoidable, but more often than not boating accidents are caused by operator negligence or a defect in the vessel or its equipment.

According to the Coast Guard’s 2017 annual boating accident statistics report, the top five primary accident types were:

MOST COMMON TYPES OF BOATING ACCIDENTS

  • Collision With Recreational Vessel - 1145 accidents and 721 injuries

  • Collision With Fixed Object - 470 accidents and 327 injuries

  • Flooding/Swamping - 435 accidents and 132 injuries

  • Grounding - 368 accidents and 224 injuries

  • Falling Overboard - 306 accidents and 126 injuries

Not surprisingly, these statistics indicate that operator negligence accounts for 60% of reported boating accidents with the top contributing factors being operator inexperience or inattention, improper lookout, alcohol use, and machine failure.

RHODE ISLAND BOATING ACCIDENTS: MOST COMMON SCENARIOS

  • Being on a boat involved in a collision caused by another boat, ferry, or personal watercraft.

  • Being the passenger on a boat operated by a person, who failed to obey local navigation rules, or was intoxicated, or failed to act with reasonable care under the circumstances of the situation.

  • A defective product due to a production defect or a safety design defect.  Additionally, the boat manufacture may be liable for failure to warn of unknown dangers to the driver and / or passenger during the operation of the boat.

  • A trusted service company failed to perform maintenance on the boat, which led to equipment failure and a resulting accident.

To recover damages in a boating accident claim a plaintiff will need to prove several elements.  First, that the negligent party owed the injured party a duty of care.  Second, that they breached that duty of care.  Third, that an accident occurred as a result of the breach and that the injuries resulted from the accident.  These elements must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence; which means by at least 51%.

 

Generally, a claim for damages for your injuries will be made to the negligent party’s insurance provider.  Insurance companies are concerned with their own bottom line and will attempt to delay your claim, downplay the seriousness of the accident and your injuries, turn the blame to you, or deny the claim entirely.

 
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How Long Do I Have to File a Boating Accident Lawsuit in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island has statutes of limitation, which place time limits on how long an injured party may wait to file their claim.  Rhode Island General Law 9-1-14(b) states that “[a]ctions for injuries to the person shall be commenced and sued within three (3) years…” meaning that you have three years from the date of the accident to file suit before becoming permanently barred from doing so.

 

The best way to prevent the statute of limitations from barring your potential boating accident claim is to take action right away.  At Marin and Barrett, Inc. our attorneys are committed to ensuring that you recover the money that you deserve from your accident.  Schedule a consultation today to discuss your boating accident case and injuries at (401) 228-8271.

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE INJURED IN BOATING ACCIDENTS?

The United States Coast Guard publishes annual statistics on boating accidents and resulting fatalities/injuries for individual states and the nation as a whole.  Of note, the 2018 USCG Recreational Boating Statistics revealed that 2,511 people were injured that year in a boating accident.  Alcohol was a significant contributor in fatal (19 percent of all boat accident fatalities) and non-fatal boating accidents. 

 

Here in Rhode Island, there were 26 boating accidents resulting in injuries in 2018, down from 31 boating accident injuries in 2017.  There was one boating accident fatality, down from 3 fatalities in 2017.

RHODE ISLAND BOAT ACCIDENT LAWYERS: HOW CAN WE HELP?

Boating accidents are never planned – it is not a part of everyday that someone else's negligence or carelessness causes you serious injury or possibly death on the water.  Unfortunately it can and does happen all too often.  

 

If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating accident in Rhode Island, the injury lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. understand that serious injuries from a boat accident can have serious and long-lasting consequences.  You have the legal right to seek compensation from the responsible parties and we can help to make sure that you are fully compensated for your injuries.  Call our office at 401-228-8271 to schedule your free, no obligation boating accident case evaluation today with a local Rhode Island boat accident lawyer.

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