Knoxville Boating Accident Attorney
Suffered an Injury in a Boating Accident in Tennessee?
Boating and using other watercraft is an enjoyable and relaxing form of
recreation in Tennessee. However, accidents and injuries happen every
year. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, there were
136 reported incidents in 2016, resulting in 22 deaths and 79 injuries.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, our
Knoxville personal injury attorney at
The Bowlin Law Firm can help you pursue damages if the incident involved the negligence of
another party. With more than a decade of legal experience, we can provide
knowledgeable and skilled legal representation to protect your rights
and recover the compensation you deserve. Do not hesitate to obtain experienced
legal representation immediately.
Contact us for your free consultation.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
Boat operators have a legal obligation to use reasonable care while boating
and may be held liable for any damages related to the injuries if the
victim can prove negligence. Negligence occurs if the defendant failed
to act in a reasonably safe manner, and this failure resulted in your injuries.
- The following are the most common causes of boating accidents:
Operator inexperience – The leading contributing cause of injury incidents is operator
inexperience. A novice boater may not be quick enough to recognize signs
of trouble, lack the experience to make sound decisions regarding navigation,
or underestimate water and weather conditions. By contrast, an experienced
boater can recognize potential hazards and understands how to avoid them.
Alcohol use – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol
use was involved in one in five fatal boating accidents. Just like drunk
driving a motor vehicle, boating and alcohol do not mix.
Speed – Small watercraft provide a great opportunity for accelerating at
high speeds. However, operating a boat at such speed leaves practically
no time for a boat operator to react to an unexpected situation.
Equipment failure – Boat owners are responsible to ensure the watercraft is working
in sufficient order. When an important boat component fails, it can result
in a devastating accident.
Weather conditions – Bad weather, such as a storm, can be a nightmare for boaters. Not
only does it cause thrashing waves that could damage the boat, but strong
winds can bake it difficult to steer the vessel and heavy rains can make
it virtually impossible to see.
Ready to Help You Recover from Injury Today!
Each boating incident is different. The type and amount of damages you
may receive will depend on the cause of the accident, the location of
the incident, the types of vessels involved, and the severity of your
injury. Our Knoxville personal injury attorney can help you navigate the
complexities of the legal system to help you get the best results possible.
Contact us and schedule a free consultation today.