Pittsburgh Boat Accident Attorney
Dallas Helps Recover for Boating Accident Victims
Any injury that occurs on or with a boat, ship, ferry or jet ski is considered a boating accident. Today, the rivers and lakes of Pennsylvania and Ohio and The Great Lakes are busier than ever with commercial vessels of all sizes carrying passengers and transporting freight. This traffic combined with the increasing popularity of leisure boating often creates crowded waterways that increase the chance of an accident. Dallas helps people who have been injured in any kind of a boating accident.
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If you or someone you love has been hurt because of a colliding, capsizing or sinking boat, or in water-skiing or fishing accident, you should contact our Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer team at 1-800-777-4081 to see. Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. can help those hurt while fishing on Lake Erie, water-skiing on the Ohio River or the Allegheny River, or boating at a State Park. Let Dallas put his experience with boat accidents in Pennsylvania and Ohio to work for you.
Boating Accidents Are Serious Business
Many boating accidents are caused by the negligence of the operator. Sometimes, laws are violated. In Pennsylvania, for instance, piloting a boat while under the influence of alcohol (a.k.a. Drunk Boating or BUI) carries a minimum fine of $500, a two-day jail sentence and a one-year suspension of boating privileges. Ohio also has strict penalties for this offense. If you were injured as the result of someone driving a boat while drinking, you may be entitled to financial recovery.
Passenger Boat Accidents
The captain or operator of sailboats, motorboats, or charter fishing boats are responsible for the safety of those on board. The decision to take a group of friends out in Lake Eire, Raystown Lake, Treasure Lake or up the Ohio River can sometimes result in serious injury. Collisions with other boats commonly lead to serious injury or death when occupants fall or get tossed overboard. Still, other injuries occur when a boat runs into a dock, bridge or another fixed object.
Jet Skis and Wave runners
Built for speed and intended for fun, Jet Skis, Wave Runners and other recreational watercraft are inherently dangerous. The vehicles do not have brakes and cannot be reliably steered when the operator lets go of the throttle. The personal watercraft injury attorneys at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. have handled many jet ski accidents including collisions with other watercraft, passengers thrown off or struck when their jet ski flips and lands on top of them, swimmers run over, or operators crashing into obstacles.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can also happen aboard a boat or on the docks. If you or a loved one was injured due to a fall on a boat or at a dock, you could have a case against the owners of docks, marinas, wharves or boats. Slippery surfaces, rotting planks, fueling explosions, or other unsafe conditions or accidents can cause serious injury.
Contact a Pennsylvania Boating Accident Lawyer or an Ohio Boating Accident Attorney at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. today.
Our attorneys handle cases across Pennsylvania and Ohio and also offer Free Home & Hospital Visits.