There are very few things more relaxing than a pleasant day spent boating on the lake or ocean, but pleasantries can quickly take a dangerous turn when an accident takes you by surprise. In order to protect passengers and others who share the water, boat operators are urged to exercise the highest level of caution and care at all times. When an individual fails to do so, it can result in a serious, even deadly, accident that carries long-term consequences for all parties involved.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, Halperin Law Center wants to provide the quality legal service you need during this time. Our seasoned Richmond personal injury lawyers are here to protect you and your injured loved ones by holding the liable party responsible for acts of negligence. We are on a mission to help you recover fair compensation!
We Work to Establish Liability of the Responsible Party
There are four elements to proving negligence in a boating accident:
- In the first stage, the plaintiff must show that a duty of care was owed them. In context, a duty of care means that a boat operator must be in compliance with local boating laws and regulations.
- Once a duty of care has been established, the plaintiff must show that the liable party failed to adhere to this duty by breaking one or more laws, such as being under the influence of alcohol at the time.
- In the third stage, the plaintiff must be able to prove that the injuries sustained were a direct result of the responsible party's failure to adhere to the established laws. This could include speeding or even lack of lights.
- During the final stage, the plaintiff must provide evidence of the damages suffered as a result of the defendant's acts, therefore providing a base foundation for compensation. This can help ensure a strong case.
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