New Orleans is almost completely surrounded water and the majority of Louisiana enjoys easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and other water bodies. This provides a great opportunity for challenging and rewarding careers on the water and for recreational boating.
However, being on the water raises the risk that you will suffer some sort of injury.
How Do Louisiana Boat Accidents Happen?
The answer to this really depends on the type of accident that you’re talking about.
Recreational Boating Accidents
Based on a recent study completed by the United States Coast Guard, the top five types of recreational boating accidents are:
- Collisions with other recreational boats;
- Flooding and swamping;
- Collisions with fixed objects;
- Grounding; and
- Skier mishaps.
Though there are many causes, recreational boating accidents, whether sailboats, fishing boats, or speedboats, often happen because of operator error.
In fact, the same Coast Guard study found that the five most common causes of recreational boating accidents were:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout;
- Operator inexperience;
- Speeding; and
- Alcohol use.
Understanding the cause of the accident and who should be held responsible can get complicated. This is why the first thing you should do after a boat accident is discuss your potential case with a boat accident attorney.
Commercial Boating Accidents
Many Louisiana residents work out of the docks along the Louisiana coast, particularly in the southern part of the state. These men and women work out of the Gulf on shrimp boats, fishing boats, tugboats, barges, container ships, and other vessels and face perils every day they are on the job.
They can be injured by any number of things:
- Slippery surfaces;
- Defective equipment;
- A poorly maintained work environment;
- Inexperienced seamen putting their safety in jeopardy; or
Though injuries from commercial boating accidents can be severe, victims are often protected by the general maritime law, the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, and other powerful laws. These laws can give people injured on commercial boats several different ways to be compensated for their injuries.
Call a New Orleans Boat Accident Lawyer
Boating accidents happen frequently in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. If you’ve been the victim of a boat accident, don’t delay in getting the help that you need. Call The Mahone Firm today at (504) 564-7342 so you can discuss your case with a personal injury attorney and figure out your options.