Boating Injury Accidents in Oklahoma cause serious personal injury each year. Boaters in Oklahoma face the risk of accident or injury, which could occur for a number of reasons. The state’s waterways are subject to regulations set by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (Lake Patrol Section), which regulate various things from licensing and registration to boating accident protocols to safety education for boaters. Failure to abide by these rules can result in accidents. If you’re injured in an accident on the lake you are entitled to compensation for medical expenses property damage and pain and suffering.
Causes of Oklahoma Boating Accidents
Excessive Speed: Controlling a watercraft is more difficult at high speeds, which can sometimes lead to a boating collision.
Operator Distraction: If the boat operator is distracted, they may hit a hard surface or collide with another boat.
Poor Training: Poorly trained or inexperienced boat operators may not have knowledge of the local water bodies or may not follow correct safety practices.
Alcohol: Operating a boat while intoxicated can impair the operator’s judgment and result in reckless acts, poor decision making or other errors.
Hazardous Waters: Failure to pay heed to warning signs can lead the boat into hazardous water conditions, where even a skilled boater will have poor control.
No Safety Equipment: Faulty equipment or absence of proper safety gear, such as life jackets, flares and fire extinguishers can increase the risk of injury in a boating accident.
Who is Liable For Boat Accident Inquires
When someone operates a powerful watercraft, jet ski or motorboat, they are expected to have proper skills and training and licensing to operate it safely. If their negligence or reckless operation results in injury to another person in a boating accident, they can be held liable for personal injury damages.
Apart from the at-fault boat operator, the owner of the boat may also share a part of the liability in some cases. If the boat operator was employed by the owner, or had borrowed the watercraft from another person, more than one party may be held liable depending on the circumstances of the case.
Tour vessel owners are required to hire experienced boat operators as well as ensure their proper training and supervision. At the same time, they are responsible for equipping the boat with adequate safety devices. Negligence on these fronts may create liability of multiple parties
in a boating accident. A manufacturing fault or design defect in the watercraft may also contribute to an accident, where additional parties can be held liable to maximize the injured victim’s compensation.
Injuries in Boating Accidents in Oklahoma
While recreational boating on the lakes in Oklahoma is a popular activity, an accident can have devastating consequences for the victim. Some of the injuries typically suffered in serious boating accidents include:
· Drowning or near-drowning
Spinal cord injury
· Traumatic brain injury
· Back or neck injury
· Cuts and lacerations
· Fractures or broken bones
Boating Accident Lawyer in Near You
Establishing personal injury liability for boating injury accidents in Oklahoma is usually more complex than a typical car accident, and requires specialized knowledge of the boating rules and regulations. At Kania Law, our boating accident attorneys will carefully investigate the causes of your accident, examine all possible angles objectively, and establish negligence of the responsible parties.
Our goal is to obtain maximum damages to ensure you are adequately compensated for your injuries and losses. To schedule a free consultation with us, call us at 918-743-2233 or reach us