In Terre Haute and the surrounding areas, boating is popular, especially on the Wabash River. Collisions on the water can be devastating or even fatal. When a boat accident happens, the injuries can be incredibly severe, and there is an inherent risk of drowning. When an accident occurs because of a boat operator’s negligence, you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury lawsuit for financial compensation.
Knowing your rights and the potential strength of your case can help increase your chances of recovering damages. Let an experienced Terre Haute boat accident lawyer file your claim and help you through the complicated civil claims process.
Any type of watercraft may be eligible for civil litigation, as long as the accident is caused by someone’s negligence. Examples of boats that may be involved in collisions on the water include, but are not limited to:
The type of boat involved in an accident will impact who can be held liable for the ensuing damages. For example, collisions involving ferries may create civil liability for the government or private entity that runs them. Similarly, commercial ships and fishing boats may be attributable to the negligence of the companies that own and profit from them.
To succeed in a boating accident lawsuit, you must prove that the defendant’s negligence directly caused your injuries.
Examples of boat operator negligence include, but are not limited to:
When a boater’s negligence causes your injuries, our qualified accident attorneys in Terre Haute may be able to help you secure compensation.
Indiana Code §24-51-2-5 requires local courts to apply the comparative fault test when determining liability for a person’s injuries. It states that as long as a plaintiff’s portion of fault is less than the defendant’s, they may still be able to recover a reduced amount of compensation.
A plaintiff who is 51 percent or more at fault cannot recover any damages whatsoever. Fortunately, a Terre Haute lawyer could present evidence that contradicts any allegations of shared fault to maximize your recoverable damages.
Traveling the waterways by boat is a fun and entertaining way to spend time in and around Terre Haute. It may even be part of your occupation. In any case, when a boat operator acts carelessly and causes you undue harm as a result, you may have the right to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and losses.
Reach out to an experienced Terre Haute boat accident lawyer today to better understand your rights.
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The financial burden that often comes with a serious injury can be too much for many people to bear. Unexpected medical debt, damaged personal property, and the sudden loss of income can impact the budgets of most families. The good news is that a successful injury claim could help reduce that financial strain after a serious accident. Get in touch with a Terre Haute personal injury lawyer with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin to learn more.
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