Paducah Boating Accident Attorneys

Aiding Kentucky Locals in Their Time of Need

Here in Kentucky, and in the surrounding area of Southern Illinois and Northwest Tennessee, we have many beautiful lakes and rivers to enjoy on warm summer days. Folks like to take out their houseboat, pontoon, ski boat, bass boat, or jet skis for a day of recreation on the lake. However, just like motor vehicles, boats, and other personal watercraft can cause accidents and injuries if people do not operate them safely. Unfortunately, many of these accidents end in fatalities or serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a boating or jet ski accident, call Katz Law. Our boating accident attorneys in Paducah have handled a variety of different boating accident claims and have recovered millions for clients so they can put their lives back together and make as complete a recovery as possible.

Call (270) 778-0020 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today. We can listen to your story and provide you with options, should you wish to proceed with your case.

Kentucky’s beautiful lakes and rivers include Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Reelfoot Lake, Nolin River Lake, the Mississippi River, the Cumberland River, and the Ohio River, among others. Because the water is open to all tourists and locals alike, accidents are bound to happen, causing injuries.

Since 1998, our team has handled the following types of accidents that have resulted from using boats:

  • Fires
  • Passenger falls
  • Speeding
  • Capsize accidents
  • Explosions
  • Fires
  • Boat collisions
  • Collisions with commercial vessels
  • Reckless boating
  • Boating under the influence (BUI)

Depending on the nature of the boating accident, injuries can range from minor to catastrophic, and include bruises and abrasions, sprains and fractures, broken or crushed limbs, spinal cord and neck injuries, paralysis, internal bleeding, and head and brain trauma. Drowning is, of course, always a possibility whenever individuals are near or in a body of water.

Call (270) 778-0020 to reach a compassionate and experienced Paducah boating accident attorney. We can fight to secure the compensation you need to heal from your injuries.

How Do Boating Accidents Occur?

While some boating accidents can be caused by outside forces, such as inclement weather, like any other accident, the reality is that most boating accidents that cause injuries are the result of human error and negligence.

According to the United States Coast Guard, boating accidents are commonly caused by:

  • Inattentive boat operators or lookouts: Just like motor vehicle drivers, boat operators need to be focused on what is occurring around them and in front of them should they need to react quickly to any dangers or hazards.
  • Inexperienced boat operators: Operating a boat requires certain skills and education in order to proceed safely onto the water and avoid creating dangers for others in the vicinity. Those lacking experience can easily cause accidents and collisions with other nearby boats.
  • Malfunctioning machinery: Fires and explosions on boats are often the result of faulty machinery or poor boat design. In these cases, manufacturers can be held liable.
  • Alcohol use: Boat operators or owners who are intoxicated have reduced reaction times and altered judgment, which means they may make irrational decisions, have trouble steering, and can resort to speeding in dangerous areas.

Establishing Liability

Kentucky’s legislation states that boat owners may be held liable for injuries if they’re proven to be caused by the owner’s negligence, as it’s illegal to operate watercraft in a dangerous or reckless manner. Negligent actions can include violating regulations, using alcohol or drugs while operating a boat, operating an overloaded boat, and dangerous maneuvering a boat.

Kentucky has strict regulations for boat operators to follow, including:

  • Staying at least 50 feet away from commercial boats
  • Adjusting speed according to traffic in the water
  • Not going into restricted areas
  • Maintaining a “no wake” speed in areas marked “no wake”

If individuals, such as boat operators or owners, fail to follow regulations, or otherwise fail to operate their vessel as a reasonably prudent person would, they may be held responsible for damages. However, in certain circumstances other parties can be held responsible for injuries as well. If a boat catches on fire, explodes, or malfunctions in some way due to a design error, faulty part, or negligent repair, the boat manufacturer or marina performing the repair may be at fault for damages that occur.

Our team is needed in order to establish liability. Our law firm has decades of experience and resources. We are often called on to investigate accidents, and through careful collection of evidence and witness statements, we can piece together what occurred and strengthen your claim while proving negligence on the part of at fault parties. Through our tireless work, we can pursue full compensation so you’re able to pay for your expenses, from property damage and lost wages to medical bills and pain and suffering.

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