Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

Negligence usually causes most boat accidents. Don’t you agree? And ‌where an identified party is at fault, then it is only normal for the victim to sue in order to get compensated for the pains he or she has suffered when injured while boating.

Right here, you will learn almost everything you need to know about boating accident lawsuits. That way, you are not stranded.

Ready? Let’s shoot!

For starters:

What Types of Boating Accidents Lead to Lawsuits?

Boating accidents caused by negligence, defective parts, accidents in open water, among others are cases where you are eligible to file lawsuits.

Let’s delve deeper into each of them.

Boating accidents caused by negligence

If the driver of your boat or another boat drives recklessly, under the influence of intoxicants, or without receiving adequate training and you suffer injury or death as a result of any of these then you can sue them in a court of law.

Boating accidents caused by defective boat

You can engage the service of a lawyer to help you fight the legal battles where you are harmed by a defective part of the boat. The maker of the boat or the owner of the boat can be sued in this case. Let your attorney use their best judgment to decide who is a better fit.


Whether you are a passenger or an employee working for the boat, you can sue for damages when you have been poisoned while on the boat. The major substance responsible for this is carbon mono oxide. 

Flooding, Fire explosion, and other miscellaneous accidents

It is not uncommon to experience any of these accidents while riding a boat. Wherever such experience threatens your safety or brings you to danger, you can go ahead and file a personal injury lawsuit with the help of your lawyer.

What Does Boating Accidents Personal Injury Lawsuit Covers?

Where you have been brought into harm’s way, you can sue for the following:

  • Compensation
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of earning power
  • Funeral cost in the case of death.
  • Loss of income
  • Court fees
  • Property damage
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain among others.

Who Can You Sue After A Boating Accident?

In the case where you are a victim, you can sue at least one of the following parties. They are:

  • Operator;
  • The company or owner of the boat
  • Other boat passengers
  • Boat manufacturer
  • Lifeguard
  • Or any other party who is involved in the accident.

What Steps Should I Take After A Boating Accident?

Where you have just experienced a near-life accident, take the following steps immediately:

  • Call for help. This is the basic instinct thing you should do. Not taking pictures or recording a video. Call for help, others could need dire help.
  • Assess the damage. If you are okay, others might not be as lucky as you. Walk around the boat to see if there is anyone who needs help. 
  • Contact your attorney and submit a Boating Accident Report in the area where the accident occurred.

By Manali