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Jackson Boating Accident Lawyer

Boating and watercraft recreation are fun, popular activities in Jackson, Mississippi. However, a brief moment of negligence or recklessness on the water can cause a dangerous situation leading to serious injuries or death.

If you have been injured in a boating accident because of someone else’s negligence, call The Penton Law Group, PLLC. One of our Jackson boating accident attorneys can tell you if you have a case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Why Choose Us?

  • We put our clients first, going above and beyond to ensure their legal needs are met.
  • We are available 24/7 and promptly respond to calls, texts and emails.
  • We prepare every case as though it were going to trial and negotiate skillfully on your behalf for a full and fair settlement.
  • Our Jackson boating accident lawyers have over a decade of experience representing people who have suffered a personal injury.

Why You Need a Boating Accident Attorney in Jackson

Insurance companies will try to minimize their liability and offer a lowball settlement. Our experienced boat accident attorneys have in-depth knowledge of boating laws and proper watercraft operation. We have the legal skills and resources to investigate your accident, fully assess your losses, construct a comprehensive case strategy and negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf.

Boating Accident Statistics in the U.S.

As reported by the U.S. Coast Guard:

  • 658 people died in recreational boating accidents in the U.S. in a recent year.
  • 4,291 accidents occurred, resulting in 2,629 non-fatal injuries and $46 million in property damage, in addition to the fatalities.
  • 76% of fatal boating accidents, in which the cause of death was known, involved drowning.
  • Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.
  • 31 recreational boating accidents occurred during 2018 in Mississippi.
  • 11 people died in boating accidents statewide in 2018 in Mississippi.

Causes of Boating Accidents

Many factors can contribute to boating accidents, including weather and water conditions. As stated by the U.S. Coast Guard, the top 10 contributing factors to boating accidents in 2017 were found to be:

  • Operator inattention
  • Improper lookout
  • Operator inexperience
  • Machinery failure
  • Alcohol use
  • Excessive speed
  • Navigation rules violations
  • Weather
  • Hazardous waters
  • Force of wave or wake

Types of Boating Accidents

Accidents on the water can occur in any number of ways. The Coast Guard identified the top five primary accident types in recent years as:

  • Collision with a recreational vehicle – 1,145 accidents, 49 deaths, 721 injuries
  • Collision with a fixed object – 470 accidents, 63 deaths, 327 injuries
  • Flooding/swamping – 435 accidents, 76 deaths, 132 injuries
  • Grounding – 368 accidents, 17 deaths, 224 injuries
  • Falls overboard – 306 accidents, 179 deaths, 126 injuries

Boating Accident Injuries

The primary causes of death in fatal boating accidents were found to be:

  • Drowning (449 deaths)
  • Trauma (113 deaths)
  • Cardiac arrest (13 deaths)
  • Hypothermia (6 deaths)
  • Carbon monoxide (4 deaths)

Contact Our Jackson Boating Accident Attorneys

Boating accidents can cause severe or fatal injuries. Many of these serious accidents are caused by operator error, machinery failure, alcohol consumption, excessive speeding and violations of navigation rules.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a boating accident due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may have a right to recover compensation for the losses you have suffered. Contact The Penton Law Group, PLLC today. Our Jackson personal injury lawyers can advise you of your legal options and help you pursue the compensation you and your family deserve.