You Can Still Sue After a Car Accident If You Weren’t Wearing a Seat Belt
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Legal Help for the Injured
Transporting goods and passengers along Ohio’s waterways has been important for our state’s economy for generations. However, 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. Further, 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 on a boat. Our Toledo boating accident lawyers understand the unique challenges of recovering compensation after an accident on the water. Call KNR today at (419) 324-8205 for a free, no-risk consultation.
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 about 113 boat accidents in 2016 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. 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 happen at:
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 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 causes of boat accidents include:
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 can walk away from your accident, it’s important to seek medical attention without delay.
Our Toledo boat accident lawyers understand how important it is for us to determine the 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 typically sustained in a boat accident include:
Fight for Everything You’re Owed
Those injured in a Toledo boating accident often endure serious injuries that require hospitalization, surgeries, and physical therapy. If another party caused your accident and boat-related injuries, you shouldn’t bear the financial burden.
After a boat accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your:
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:
Thousands of people make their livings on watercraft that navigates the Toledo rivers. Offshore injuries strike workers regularly throughout northwest Ohio and the United States. It’s understandable for anyone to be confused about what they must do if they are hurt in a maritime accident because the process can be very complicated.
Federal laws apply to many instances of maritime injury, but it’s possible that your case will also be subject to Ohio jurisdiction. It’s important to have skilled legal counsel helping you and your family through the complex legal process that follows a maritime injury.
Unlike other Ohio workers, a maritime worker is generally prohibited from recovering workers’ compensation when they are hurt on the job. The federal Jones Act is meant to give these workers financial support in the event of a work injury.
The Jones Act applies to all crew workers, referred to as seamen, who spend at least 30% of their time working on a vessel. Furthermore, it applies to all vessels “in navigation”. This means that the vessel is afloat, in operation, capable of moving, and on navigable waters. The Jones Act requires employers to use ordinary care under the circumstances to keep the vessel in a reasonably safe condition for workers.
Unlike Ohio’s workers’ compensation law, the Jones Act requires for your lawyer to demonstrate fault by the other party in your case. It must be shown that the other party’s negligence was the proximate cause of your injuries. To establish your right to recover under this law, your lawyer must prove the following elements:
Passenger and cargo vessels are large vehicles that are very complex. There are almost countless ways an accident can be caused on these craft, and the consequences can be very serious for anyone on or near the ship.
The Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies reports that workers in maritime industries are over four times as likely to be injured on the job than the average for all workers in the United States. Data collected by the Ohio Department of Public Safety finds that hundreds of accident victims are seriously hurt or killed every year on our state’s waterways.
While many of these injured people are hurt while on the job, it can be difficult to obtain accurate statistics. Many cases go unreported, or workers hurt in Ohio may seek medical attention out of state.
Our Toledo maritime accident lawyers have represented many workers hurt on Ohio’s lakes and rivers. Your injury case is unique; you need a lawyer who understands how to investigate the cause of your accident.
Typical maritime accidents and injuries result from:
An injury on the water can pose a risk of extensive physical damage or even death. Many people who are hurt in maritime accidents have a difficult time getting to emergency medical help, and this delay can make their injuries worse.
Your attorney must gain a full understanding of the harm that you have suffered in a work accident. This will allow for you to recover all of the compensation that you need in order to make a proper recovery.
Some injuries that affect offshore workers hurt on the job include:
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What Makes KNR Special?
Don’t delay seeking legal help after you or a loved one are hurt in a boating accident. These cases are very complex, regardless if you were working in the maritime industry or hurt by reckless boat operator. However, KNR will investigate the events surrounding your accident, and maximize your financial recovery.