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Toledo Boating Accident Lawyers

Transporting goods and passengers along waterways has been important for our state’s economy for many generations. However, there are more and more recreational watercrafts every year in Ohio and throughout the Midwest. A boat accident can cause serious injuries to numerous people. These vehicles often travel at high rates of speed, and victims face the risk of drowning in the aftermath of a collision. Furthermore, it can be difficult to quickly get someone emergency medical help after a boating accident. Do not wait to contact an experienced lawyer if you or a loved one have been hurt in one of these wrecks. Our Toledo boating accident lawyers understand the unique challenges of recovering compensation after an accident on the water. Call our knowledgeable legal team without delay.

The lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have years of experience representing injured clients throughout Ohio. Contact us to discuss your boat accident case with one of our Toledo personal injury lawyers. Call our office today at (419) 324-8205.

Boat Accidents Are Very Common in the Toledo Area

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports that there are over 460,000 boats registered in our state. Approximately 14,000 are registered in Lucas County alone. These vessels travel on Lake Erie and along the Maumee and Portage rivers. State officials estimate that there were about 113 boat accidents in 2016 which resulted in 54 injuries. However, these official boat accident statistics can be misleading. Incidents on the water, even if there are serious injuries that may require extended medical attention, are often not reported to the Ohio State Police, the ODNR, or local sheriff’s departments.

Accidents frequently happen at many different locations on the water in northwest Ohio. Those on a boat can be caught off guard by a reckless driver or by hazardous objects or debris that was carelessly left in their path. Boat accidents in the Toledo area have happened at the following places:

  • On piers or marinas – Recently a boat carrying six people crashed into Anchor Pointe Marina in Ottawa County. Even though the boat was not traveling at a high rate of speed, one victim was rushed to St Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon with serious injuries.
  • On Lake Erie – Two jet skis collided into each other near Jerusalem township in Lucas County in July of 2018. One of the victims was received emergency medical attention but died as a result of their injuries.
  • On rivers with poor visibility – A 17 foot boat carrying numerous passengers along the Ottawa River after dark recently crashed into a small dock that the driver could not see. One person was immediately killed and several others were rushed to Toledo hospitals with serious injuries.

There Are Many Different Causes of Devastating Boat Accidents

Boat accidents happen in almost countless different scenarios. The captain of a large cargo ship can have years of training and still cause serious damage when being negligent on the job. Conversely, you can be completely responsible as you operate a small leisure craft and suddenly be in an accident caused by a defect in your boat. It’s important for your injury lawyer to investigate and determine the exact cause of your accident. There may be more than one party who holds responsibility for paying you compensation. Our legal team has years of experience investigating boat accidents. Some of the many causes that we have seen for these terrible wrecks include:

  • Reckless driving – Many people feel less pressure to act responsibly as they operate a boat. This is very dangerous, and boats that are speeding or swerving on the water often cause terrible accidents.
  • Intoxicated drivers – People often consume alcohol when on the water or boating for recreation. A person under the influence of drugs or alcohol can fail to avoid hazards, and many boat wrecks are caused by drunk drivers every year.
  • Distracted drivers – There are many things that can capture your attention when out on a lake or river. A boat can travel hundreds of feet in the seconds that a driver takes their eyes and attention off of the path ahead.
  • Dangerous hazards – Maintenance crews, people on the water for pleasure, or other third parties may carelessly leave debris in your path. Objects in the water can be difficult to see, and they can cause a lot of damage when hit by a boat.
  • Improper training – People must know how to drive their boats as well as understand how to operate add-ons and other work or recreational equipment. A driver or boat owner can hold responsibility if an accident happens due to their failure to make sure their boat is operated safely.
  • Defective parts – Boats, jet skis, and other watercraft have many parts crucial for operation and safety. If one of these parts fails, you and others can be in danger of an accident that results in catastrophic harm or even death.

Boat Accidents Can Inflict Extensive Injuries on Victims

Boating accidents frequently leave people with terrible and long lasting injuries. Due to the danger of drowning in the event of a capsize, people are not strapped into a seatbelt when traveling on a boat. Many victims are terribly injured or killed when they are struck by a boat as they swim or wade in the water. Do not take any boating injuries lightly. Your physical damage can get much worse over the days and weeks that follow if you do not get appropriate medical help. Even if you are able to walk away from your accident, it’s important to seek medical attention without delay.

Our Toledo boat accident lawyers have seen many injury victims. We understand how important it is for us to determine the exact extent of your injuries. This will allow for us to illustrate how the accident you sustained has impacted your life, and how it will continue to affect you in the future. It would be impossible to recover sufficient financial damages without doing this. Injuries that you can sustain in a boat accident include:

Steps That You Should Take in a Boat Accident

Boat wrecks are generally chaotic, and numerous people can be hurt. It’s important to get to safety as soon as possible because the threat of drowning is very real when it comes to accidents on the water. The scene of your accident can be very dangerous in the immediate aftermath. Getting yourself and your passengers to a safe place if possible is very important. Afterward, we encourage you to do the following:

  • Call for emergency help – This can take a while since many boat accidents are far from towns or roadways.
  • Speak with first responders and authorities – Be sure to inform police or other state officials on the scene about the events as you remember them. Your lawyer can help you follow up with law enforcement.
  • Contact a boat accident lawyer – You cannot delay in calling for skilled legal counsel after being hurt in an accident.
  • Take your medical treatment seriously – Do not put off seeing the doctor and subsequent medical treatment. Following through with your doctor will strengthen your case for damages.

Kisling, Nestico, & Redick Can Help After a Boat Accident

You cannot delay seeking skilled legal help after you or a loved one are hurt in a boating accident. These cases are very complex. Your lawyer will have to investigate the highly detailed events surrounding your accident, and the other parties involved may aggressively fight to reduce their responsibility to pay. Many lawyers who take personal injury cases are not familiar with investigating a boat accident. Contact one of our Toledo boating accident lawyers to begin your action for financial recovery. We understand Ohio law, and we know that you cannot wait to get the help you need.

Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick to speak with a knowledgeable boating accident lawyer about your boat accident. Call our office in Toledo today at (419) 324-8205.

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