As the State of Texas expands efforts to lift closures and restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has reported an uptick in boating activity, as it provides two seemingly safe attributes during a pandemic: Outside activity and sufficient social distancing from other boats and the people who are on them.
Unfortunately, more boats often mean more boating accidents.
Texas Accident Laws Still Apply On The Water
When a Texas boating accident occurs, the operator of any vessel involved in the collision must stop at the scene.
Next, they are required to provide any assistance necessary, unless doing so would endanger their vessel, passengers, or crew.
That includes giving their name, address, and vessel ID number in writing, as any vehicle driver would when an accident occurs on our roadways.
The accident must be reported to the local authorities, so an official report can be completed, and witnesses can give statements and their contact information for future interviews.
How Can I Prove the Other Boater Negligently Caused My Injuries?
Negligent acts are ones that the operator knew or should have known were unsafe and could cause harm or injury to another.
If the boat’s driver was intoxicated, distracted, speeding, reckless, or otherwise negligently operating their vessel they must be held accountable for the actions or inactions that led to the crash and its injuries.
Anyone who is hurt in boating crashes must seek medical care right away to ensure they are addressing any serious or potentially life-threatening injuries.
Once you are getting the proper treatment for your injuries, contact our Houston boat accident attorneys at the Nava Law Group, P.C. to develop the proper legal strategy for pursuing financial recovery from the negligent boater.
We will review the evidence, outline your injuries, and strengthen your case to pursue the best financial outcome available for your unique circumstances.
What If I Lost A Loved One In A Texas Boating Accident?
The United States Coast Guard records an average of 4,000 boating crashes each year in Texas, and ranks our state third in the nation for boating deaths, with nearly 600 fatalities occurring annually.
If your loved one was killed in a boating accident that was caused by another’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a Houston wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.
Contact Our Texas Boat Accident Lawyers at The Nava Law Group, P.C. for a Free Consultation Today.
Contact our Houston personal injury attorneys at the Nava Law Group, P.C. by calling 713-218-2400 to discuss your boat accident today. We will assess your claim remotely, so you do not have to leave your home and can focus on healing while we begin pursuing the negligent party and their insurance company for your financial recovery.