Summer Precautions: What You Need to Know About Boating Accidents
In the summer, boating is a pastime that many Ontarians enjoy. From jet skiing, to sailing, to fishing, many Ontarians love to spend time on the water with friends and family. While boating can be a great source of amusement and fun, many people underestimate or do not fully understand the potential safety risks that can happen on the water. Every year in Ontario, approximately 35-40 people die from a boating accident. Of this group, usually one-third of the accidents involve alcohol.
Some of the most common causes of boating accidents include operator inexperience, inattention, poor weather conditions, congested waters, speeding, operating under the influence, and reckless operation. Boating accidents can have life changing consequences including emotional trauma, personal injury, and serious financial repercussions.
After a boating accident, it is imperative to contact an experienced boating accident lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you to determine whether you are able to take legal action and can provide you with peace of mind. From filing a report with the police, to gaining access to the rehabilitation you may require, a boating accident lawyer can guide you through each step of the process to alleviate stress and fight for the compensation that you deserve.
A boating accident can entitle you to claims for loss, such as:
- Personal injuries
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Property damage