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Houston Boating Accident Attorney

Houston Boat Crash Lawyer

Lawyer in Texas for Boating Accident Injuries

Boating is a favorite pastime for the people of Harris County and throughout the entire state. When the weather is favorable, boats can be seen cruising through our lakes, filled with people enjoying the sun. Unfortunately, boating can also be quite dangerous, both from operator error, or maintenance failures. One careless mistake made while boating can lead to grave consequences. Unlike in a car accident, people cannot step away from damaged boats to get to safety. There are generally no seat belts to protect passengers in the event of a collision. A lovely day can become tragic in an instant when someone fails to use reasonable care to prevent personal injuries.

Personal watercrafts, like jet-skis and wave-runners, are very popular, and can obtain very high speeds, without the benefits of brakes.  More and more injuries and deaths happen on the water as these become more common and more powerful, while offering no crash protection to the riders. 

At the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec, we are experienced in helping those who have been injured in boating accidents of all types recover compensation. We fight to recover the full amount of compensation possible after a boating accident. Our lawyers understand the severity of the harm that can be done by a negligent boat operator. With us, you can rest and recover knowing that your case is in excellent hands.

Lawyer for Accidents Caused by Intoxicated Boaters

Intoxicated operation of watercraft is one of the leading causes of boating accidents. Recreational boaters often create a "party" atmosphere on board, complete with the consumption of alcohol or other intoxicants. While enjoying a few drinks on a boat can be relaxing, the drinking should be left to those who are not driving the boat.

Drunk boaters can be extremely dangerous. It takes skill to drive a boat safely. There are no brakes, making good steering critical. Intoxication can interfere with this ability. Further, it is just as illegal to operate a boat while drunk as it is to drive a car while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you have been injured by an intoxicated boater, substantial compensation may be available.

Recognizing the Harm Done by a Negligent Boater

Boating accidents can have devastating consequences for everyone involved. Common types of injuries sustained in boating injuries may include:

  • Partial drowning - When people are violently thrown into the water, they are at high risk for aspirating water into their lungs. Dry drowning and secondary drowning can also occur. Many survivors of drowning injuries will need hospitalization.
  • Wrongful death - Sadly, boating accidents are all too often fatal. If you lost a close family member, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your tremendous loss. Fatalities are very common when a boat strikes a person who is swimming or on a smaller watercraft.
  • Traumatic brain injuries - Severe head injuries may result when boat passengers are thrown into objects such as the side of the boat. These injuries are also common in collisions involving smaller watercraft, like jet skis.
  • Spinal cord injuries - People on boats, jet skis, and other watercraft or floatation devices have little protection in the event of a collision. Spinal cord injuries can cause lasting paralysis or pain, and they may require surgery.

Lawyer for Maritime Industry Accidents

Not all boating injuries are inflicted on recreational sailors. Many of those who are injured in boating accidents are workers. Whether you work on an oil rig or in the tourism industry, there is risk associated with maritime employment. If you were injured in a boating accident while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation.

How Attorney Kadlec handles your claim will depend on whether your employer subscribes to Workers' Compensation. If they do, your claim will likely be pursued through the Workers' Compensation program. If they are a non-subscriber, we may need to help you sue your employer directly. We are experienced in handling either type of claim, and we will strive to get you the full amount of compensation you deserve.

Contact a Texas Boating Accidents Lawyer

At the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec, our goal is to win you the financial compensation you need after a boating accident. We will carefully calculate your damages and demand the full amount you deserve. Contact us at 281-643-2000 to receive a free consultation. We serve clients throughout Harris County from our Houston office.

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